Database Publishers, Freelance Writers Settle Copyright Dispute For $18M

Law360, New York (March 29, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of database companies have agreed to settle a class-action copyright lawsuit brought by freelance writers for up to $18 million.

A motion for approval of the settlement was filed last week in federal court in New York, according to the National Writers Union, one of several writers' groups that brought the class-action lawsuit.

Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

The plaintiffs claimed that the database operators, including ProQuest Co., Reed Elsevier Group's LexisNexis...
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