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Court of Appeal upholds copyright in web headlines

According to this (somewhat vague) report, “Court of Appeal upholds copyright in web headlines” (h/t Jock Coats). It’s not clear if this is copyright in headlines themselves or some kind of aggregations thereof, but at least in US law short titles are generally not protectable by copyright (one reason some movies and novels can have the same title).

This result reminds me of something I noted here:

German Publishers Want Monopoly On Sentences (in Germany, newspaper publishers are lobbying for ‘a new exclusive right conferring the power to monopolize speech e.g. by assigning a right to re-use a particular wording in the headline of a news article anywhere else without the permission of the rights holder)

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