Court orders online news site to pay Brazilian newspaper for violating copyright laws

A Brazilian court in São Paulo ordered the company responsible for the news site 24HorasNews to pay roughly $28,400 in damages to the newspaper company Folha da Manhã, which publishes Folha de São Paulo, for violating authorship rights, reported the site Prosa e Política.

The 24HorasNews site, of Cuiabá, capital of the state of Mato Grosso, published on July 12, 2011, without authorization and without mentioning proper credits, a report originally produced by Folha. In addition to the damages, the court also ordered the website to take down off the site the information that was illegally published, or to pay a daily fee of about $284, reported the new site Última Instância.

Orlando Molina, legal counsel for the São Paulo newspaper, said that the decision is favorable to all newspapers and content owners, and not just Folha, reported Portal Imprensa.

In the United States, constant copyright violations have prompted news media organizations to create a company aimed at tracking the illegal use of online copyrighted material.

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