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Hartford Courant settles plagiarism lawsuit

November 19, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn.—A small, family-owned Connecticut newspaper has settled a lawsuit against the state's largest newspaper after accusing it of repeatedly plagiarizing local news stories.

The settlement between the Journal Inquirer of Manchester and the Hartford Courant was entered Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. Its terms weren't disclosed.

The Inquirer had accused the Courant of summarizing or rewriting their stories without permission as part of its aggregation policy and printing some stories without attribution. In 2009, the Courant apologized for unintentionally plagiarizing competitors.

In seeking to dismiss the $7.5 million lawsuit, the Courant argued there was no copyright infringement.

The Courant declined to comment on the deal except to say both sides found it satisfactory.

Inquirer Managing Editor Chris Powell noted the Courant had apologized and ended the aggregation policy.

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