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Ampersand Publishing Wins in Copyright Infringement Case.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A federal judge found that the Santa Barbara Independent violated the Santa Barbara News-Press's copyright by publishing an unpublished article by a News-Press employee. In so ruling, the judge rejected the Independent's defense that the first amendment and copyright law permitted their unauthorized publication of the article.

The complaint charged that the Independent obtained two different confidential unpublished articles belonging to the News-Press and published one of them in violation of the copyright laws. The complaint also alleged theft of trade secrets and various other unfair business practices. Both sides filed motions for summary judgment. Following extensive briefing and oral arguments by attorneys on both sides, the court took the case under submission and then issued its 21-page order finding the Independent liable for copyright infringement.

The New-Press will have an opportunity to establish the damages caused by the copyright infringement in a subsequent trial.

A copy of the Memorandum Decision can be provided upon request. More information is available at
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Date:Nov 21, 2007
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