November 27, 2015

Freelance Journalist Files Lawsuit Claiming News Organizations Sold Articles He Wrote to Database Providers Without Permission

From The Courthouse News Service:

McClatchy and Dow Jones provided articles to LexisNexis and other online databases without permission, their author claims in Federal Court.

Eric Watkins, a journalist specializing in energy issues, filed two lawsuits for copyright infringement, in Federal Court.

One names as defendants The McClatchy Co., ProQuest and Reed Elsevier, the owner of LexisNexis. The other defendants are Dow Jones & Co., Stephens Media and ProQuest

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Court Filings

Below, links to three of the six complaints filed in this case.

1. Watkins v. Reed Elsevier

2. Watkins v. ProQuest

3. Watkins v. Pearson, ProQuest, and Reed Elsevier

All Filings Available via (Case No. 2:14-cv-04240-RZ)

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