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Major US news organisations have filed papers with a New York court arguing that the controversial 'hot news' doctrine should be preserved and that they should be able to sue anyone who republishes their news quickly. Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), the New York Times, local paper giant Gannet and others …


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  1. Leo Maxwell

    sauce for the goose....

    And maybe it should apply to all blogs and twitters as well....oh, hang on, that would hurt News International, CNN, ABC and all the other "freeloading" news sitesand TV channels.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Good Call

      How about a "no copyright on visible blood" rule ?

      The current "we made stuff up and paid you to publish it" custom is to be preserved, of course.

  2. Inachu

    USA hardly gets hot news anymore.

    Most americans did not see the news about Israeli citizen selling t-shirts with the image of a gun scope to kill non pregnant jews.

    Stuff like that never hits main stream TV.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    I thought...

    virtually all news came from the marketing & PR departments these days?

  4. Charles 9 Silver badge

    It helps to look at both sides.

    The news originators DO have a case. The fact is that...well, facts can have intrinsic value, particularly when in rarity (as in "hot news" or what were once referred to as "scoops"). It can be like oil or some other geographically-restricted resource--the FINDING is the hard part. And this value is what helps to provide revenues for news agencies to help them keep up with stories. It takes time, effort, manpower, etc. to rush over to an event that is or has recently happened and provide coverage of the story. The "hot news" incentive is sort of like the "treasure trove" incentive when one uncovers a valuable find.

    OTOH, the "freeloaders" can also have a case in that the pure overall value of a fact can differ depending on the scenario. For example, news of a danger is most valuable when it it widely circulated. Breaking news of this nature should be considered "TOO hot" and allowed to circulate in the name of safety.

  5. byrresheim
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    google wold say that,

    woldn't they?

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