HOT NEWS DOCTRINE PERMITTED IN NEWS AGENCY CASE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS V. ALL HEADLINE NEWS CORP.

A federal court has allowed a case to proceed between the Associated Press and All Headline News, in which AP alleges that AHN stole its “hot news.” The “hot news” doctrine refers to a very specific aspect of copyright protection that treats news scoops as a form of property.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

When did the “hot news” doctrine emerge?
What did the Second Circuit Court find with respect to AP’s property rights?
Have there been other attempts to apply the hot news doctrine to blogs?

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