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GateHouse Scoffs at 'N.Y. Times' Counterclaim in Web Suit

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GateHouse Scoffs at 'N.Y. Times' Counterclaim in Web Suit

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When GateHouse Media Inc. and The New York Times Co. square off in federal court next week, the key question will be whether a Times Co. Web site is improperly lifting local news content from GateHouse publications -- or simply doing what GateHouse itself does.

GateHouse sued in December, claiming the Times Co.'s Boston.com has been copying and displaying verbatim on its "Your Town" Web sites for three Boston suburbs the headlines and lead sentences of news articles taken from GateHouse newspapers and its hyperlocal sites for those towns at its WickedLocal.com site.

In a counterclaim filed last Friday, the Times Co. alleges that GateHouse sites including WickedLocal.com and thebatavian.com have themselves lifted headlines and ledes from other news sources.

GateHouse responded with a strong statement reasserting its claim that the Times is engaging in copyright and trademark infringement as well as unfair competition by passing off GateHouse content as its own. …

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