Home > News > Copyright Doesn’t Cover All of Internet, Court Rules • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Copyright Doesn’t Cover All of Internet, Court Rules

Get XBIZ News
Apr 9, 2004 12:12 PM PDT    Text size: 
TAMPA, Fla. – In a court ruling that has broad implications across the Internet, a federal judge has decided that a company's Internet-searching software program did not infringe on copyrights held by another website.

The case has been closely watched by U.S. webmasters – both adult and mainstream – because more companies are compiling their own private search engines.

Nautical Solutions Marketing Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla., runs a website called YachtBroker.com which uses a software program to harvest yacht sale information from other websites, including one owned by Boats.com of Lake Forest, Ill., and then compiles it for its subscribers.

U.S. District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday ruled that Nautical's practice of collecting yacht listings, photos and product descriptions from various websites represented lawful use of facts that weren't protected by copyright law.

Merryday also said the rights to the photos and descriptions listed on Boats.com's YachtWorld.com were held by individual yacht brokers, not Boats.com itself.

Furthermore, Merryday said, Nautical did not infringe on any Boats.com copyrights related to the design of YachtWorld.com or the manner in which the website compiled and presented information.

Search engines such as Google and Yahoo use robotic software to capture information in ways similar to the activities of YachtWorld.com, which collected data but not the look or feel of websites.

The decision comes after a federal jury in Tampa found in favor of Nautical in a defamation lawsuit against Boats.com, awarding Nautical $300,000 in damages last December, including $50,000 in punitive damages.

The allegations of trespass and illegal activity caused Nautical Solutions' business to plummet, said Steve Schwarz, the company's president of sales.

Separately on Friday, a second hearing over Acacia Technology Group's legal battle asserting claims that it owns patents relating to streaming media continues in Santa Ana., Calif.

The Markman hearing, in which a judge hears evidence and definitions before determining asserted patent claims as law matters, is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge James Ware.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Legal Protection for Amateur Shoots

Any adult industry professional who creates video content with actual first-time amateurs will come to an early knowledge that later performer regret is commonplace. Recognized performers who regularly... More »

Legal Options to Address Pirated Cam Performances

Many webcam performers have experienced a new trend in online piracy — the illegal recording and publication of live webcam performances. The “business model” is disturbingly simple:... More »

A Retrospective on the Adult Industry’s Tall Climb

As certainly the oldest member of the current adult-industry Fourth Estate, and having written for many adult publications, some of which no longer exist, I write this in the first person which, if you... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.



Nov 04 - Nov 06
Edison, New Jersey

2016 Inked Awards

Nov 05 - Nov 05
Edison, New Jersey

XBIZ 2017

Jan 09 - Jan 13
Hollywood, CA

XBIZ Awards 2017

Jan 12 - Jan 12
Los Angeles, CA
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!