settles case with Dow Jones & Co.

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Cases like these illustrate the point that merely having rights is not enough. If we are not vigilant in ensuring their non-violation and when necessary enforcing rights, then it is as if we do not have them at all. The same rights that protect Dow Jones’ intellectual property also work to protect Briefing and its intellectual property—when the published content or ideas are actually theirs. Not only did Dow Jones protect its own rights, but in publicly enforcing them it sent a message to the world that violating copyright laws and misappropriating someone else’s content is a serious offense that our legal system takes seriously. To bring this point home, as sole in-house counsel I make sure to remind employees at my company to be careful when posting someone else’s materials or ideas online to credit the original creator/author, and when appropriate get permission before using or posting it.

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