GateHouse Media, a large publisher of community newspapers filed copyright infringement lawsuit against the New York Times Co., which is set to hit the courthouse this week. The suit claims that Boston.com (the website affiliated with the NYT Co.-owned Boston Globe) used online GateHouse material without permission
GateHouse claims Boston.com violates copyright and trademark laws by taking GateHouse’s newspaper headlines and lead sentences published on its “Wicked Local” Web sites. GateHouse alleges that Boston.com offers links that send readers directly to “Wicked Local” stories — bypassing ads posted on home pages that help fund its operation and creating confusion on the source of the original reporting.
The case is being closely watched because of its results could be potentially far-reaching (ahem Huffington Post!).
UPDATE: That was fast! Turns out they settled before getting to the courthouse. Details after the jump.