The news industry's versions of radio stations and nightclubs are the Web sites that rerun stories, or big chunks of them, copied from newspaper sites. What portals like Google do -- run headlines and snippets of stories -- so far has been immune to copyright claims, though the argument has been made successfully in Europe that even that type of reuse entitles publishers to a fee. Some publishers hope to make the same case in the U.S.One caveat, notes the paper, is that the courts have upheld ASCAP and BMI because the individual artist has no way of tracking down the use of his (or her) music in every jukebox and radio station in the world. Copy-and-pasted news articles, however, are much easier to search out on the Internet, perhaps negating the need for a third-party company such as ASCAP to collect fees on behalf of newspaper publishers.
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