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News website awarded $13K-plus for paywall breach

Media | 11/10/2015 7:37 pm EST

An Ottawa-based subscription news website covering federal matters has been awarded $13,400 plus interest after the subject of one its articles was found to have breached copyright by obtaining a copy of the story without paying a subscription fee. A small-claims court on Oct. 16 awarded Blacklock's Reporter $11,470 in damages, plus interest, as well as $2,000 in punitive damages to be paid by the Canadian Vintners Association, which represents wine producers across Canada. A summary of the case indicates the issue started with an article published Dec. 13, 2013 that included testimony...