MEDIA COMPANIES FILE SUIT AGAINST GoSMS.com

By: Staff reports

Newspaper Web Sites Allege GoSMS.com Steals Content







GoSMS.com, a San Diego-based wireless information provider, has
been hit with a lawsuit from The New York Times Co., Washington
Post Co., Gannett Co. Inc., and CNN, the Los Angeles Times reports.


The media companies filed the suit on June 28 in New York’s federal
court, alleging that GoSMS.com pulls content from the companies’ Web
sites and distributes it to mobile phones. The suit says that
GoSMS.com is infringing on copyrights and trademarks as well as
providing false advertising and unfairly competing against the
companies’ own Web sites.



GoSMS.com Founder and CEO Yuval Golan told the L.A. Times that
GoSMS.com is justified in taking information for limited-display
devices. He added that he’s not taking any money for distribution
of the media sites’ content.


GoSMS.com is available only in California to customers of Pacific
Bell’s wireless network. Pacific Bell is the only wireless network
in the U.S. that has GSM (global system for mobile communications)
capability, a wireless standard predominant in Europe.



Pacific Bell told the L.A. Times that it has no relationship with
GoSMS.com and is not involved in the lawsuit.







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