SPH and Yahoo settle copyright infringement suit

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Yahoo Asia have reached an out of court settlement for the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by SPH in 2011. In the settlement, Yahoo has agreed to pay an unspecified sum and legal costs.
Yahoo also acknowledged that its Yahoo Singapore News site had reproduced content from SPH newspapers without approval. The responsible employees have been disciplined or terminated.
This case attracted lots of global media attention back in 2011 as it was the first time in Singapore where a traditional media owner files copyright infringement suit against a new media company. SPH cited 23 articles from its newspapers which Yahoo had reproduced without permission.
I’m rather surprised that SPH and Yahoo Asia managed to reach a out of court settlement. I remember Yahoo filing their defence and counterclaim against SPH and denying all allegations of wrongful copyright infringement. Oh well, it is better that things end up this way. Personally I doubt Yahoo can defend against the copyright infringement suit. It’s just a pity that we didn’t get a chance to see the traditional media vs new media case play out in the courts.

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