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New York Times Co. v. Tasini 533 U.S. 483 (2001) FACTS The case of New York Times Co . v. Tasini originated in 1993, when Jonathan Tasini and five other freelance writers led a suit against The New York Times after having discovered their work was republished to electronic databases without their consent. These writers collectively published their articles in The New York Times, Newsday, and Sports Illustrated between 1990 and 1993. Under their contracts with the publishers, there was no mention of republishing their works to electronic databases, and at no time did the print publishers or the electronic database publishers seek the consent of the authors, nor did either compensate the authors for the reproductions (Ebbinghouse). The print publishers licensed rights to print and sell their articles to LEXIS/NEXIS and University Microfilms International, which published the articles in LEXIS, The New York Times OnDisc, and General Periodicals Online. These publishers created searchable databases in different manners: CD-ROM, text-only, image-based system. These republished articles did not include links to the original publication (Supreme Court Debates). The freelance writers filed suit against the New York Times; Time, Inc.; Meade Data Central Corporation (former owner of LEXIS/NEXIS); University Microfilms International; and Newsday (Freeman). Jonathan Tasini, head of the National Writers Union, led the group. The writers charged for copyright infringement, claiming that the print publishers had exceeded their privileges by selling their works to electronic databases. In 1997, the writers brought suit in the
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