Biters bit, bite back

PUBLISHERS WHO want to re-use freelances' property for their own benefit are not happy when they're on the receiving end. The latest new-tech flap pits major news media players against a Website called totalnews.com, which has been "framing" news reports from other Web pages on its site. In TotalNews, with a click, computer users view outside content in a window. The host's logo and ads competing with ads from the original site alarms the publishers.

According to affected media companies, TotalNews "misappropriates" copyrighted material. A gang led by CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post is suing TotalNews for trademark and copyright infringement.

BY Dan Carlinsky

ASJA New York

May/Jun 1997

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