Friday 20 October 2017

Website owner apologises and agrees INM settlement over breach of copyright

TheLiberal.ie website
TheLiberal.ie website
Jane Last

Jane Last

The owner of theliberal.ie website has apologised and agreed to pay damages to Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd for breaches of copyright.

A civil action by Independent Newspapers against Leo Sherlock, with an address at Glenvar, Ardee Road, Co Louth, was before Judge John Coughlan at Ardee District Court yesterday.

Sherlock has also apologised to CCC Nuacht, a court reporting agency, and agreed to pay it undisclosed damages and costs.

The court heard a settlement was agreed between Sherlock and Independent Newspapers, part of the Independent News & Media (INM) group.

The terms of the settlement were handed into the court.

Paul Meagher, solicitor for Independent Newspapers, read the apology from Leo Sherlock into the court record.

"I, Leo Sherlock, apologise for my unauthorised usage of photographs owned by Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited on my website named 'theLiberal.ie'. I acknowledge by using same without licence, permission, authority or consent I infringed copyright. I undertake not to commit any further breaches of copyright. I have agreed to pay Independent Newspapers (Ireland) an undisclosed sum in damages together with costs," the statement said.

The court was told that an undisclosed sum for damages as well as legal costs for Independent Newspapers will be paid by Sherlock on or before July 30. An apology for the breaches of copyright will appear on theliberal.ie website from July 11 for a period of seven days.

To allow time to implement the terms of the settlement, Judge John Coughlan will be finally resolved before September 11 next.

The civil case dealt with eight pictures taken without permission or knowledge from titles belonging to Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd and reproduced on theliberal.ie. The breaches occurred from December 2015 until March 2017.

In relation to CCC Nuacht, Mr Sherlock agreed to remove four stories which were found to be in breach of copyright.

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