Commercial Use of Newspaper Headlines Without Permission is Copyright Infringement in Japan

An October 7, 2005 Tokyo article by Shihoko Goto, UPI Senior Business Correspondent, titled “Online copyright ruling favors newspaper” in the World Peace Herald reports that the Intellectual Property High Court (see also history of the court) has ruled in favor of Yomuiri Shimbun in a copyright infringement case involving commercial use of it headlies.

Yomiuri Shimbun, not only Japan’s but also the world’s largest daily newspaper, had sued Digital Alliance, a small internet provider using Yomiuri’s and other newspaper headlines as “one-line news stories to its information Web site called Line Topics … without permission or paying a fee.”