DOW JONES, REED ELSEVIER SUED BY FREE-LANCER

By: Staff reports

Laney Seeks Jury Trial On Copyright Issue





A free-lance writer has sued Dow Jones & Co. and Reed Elsevier Inc. for including her copyrighted work in electronic databases without authorization, Reuters reported earlier this week.


Ruth Laney of Baton Rouge, La., filed papers in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, requesting a jury trial on her demands for an injunction and unspecified money damages.


In her lawsuit, Laney alleges that the defendants reproduced without authorization or prior permission at least two of her copyrighted articles: ‘A Lesson Before Dying’ and ‘Art Accidents.’



Dow Jones spokesman told Reuters that the articles were originally published in Baton Rouge’s The Advocate and republished in Factiva, a joint venture of Dow Jones and Reuters Group Plc.


‘It is the responsibility legally of the original publisher to secure the electronic rights of such pieces, so that would really be a matter between [Laney] and the Baton Rouge Advocate,’ Tofel said.


The lawsuit adds Dow Jones and Reed Elsevier to the growing list of media companies facing lawsuits from free-lancers who find their articles in companies’ electronic databases.







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Staff Reports



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