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Reuters Uses Search Against Copyright Abuse

By Sean Michael Kerner

At a time of heightened awareness of corporate intellectual property, news service Reuters announced said it will use Fast Search & Transfer's (FAST) software to track copyright violations of its content. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Specifically, Oslo, Norway-based FAST will deploy its Search Derivative Application (SDA) for Reuters. The application will identify and log the use of Reuters content used online and in print media. In addition it will generate custom reports, flagging any potential violations.

"It is important to know as much as we can about how Reuters' copyrighted news content is being used by our subscribers, as well as the general public," Paul Hansford, global head of content quality at Reuters said in a statement. "We are looking forward to seeing how the implementation of FAST ESP will help us track copyright infringements and protect our corporate identity."

Reuters was already a FAST customer, using FAST ESP (Enterprise Search Platform) to power the Reuters News Distribution Service (NDS), a customized real-time news alert service. FAST spokesman Peter Gorman told internetnews.com that initial rollout will begin next month, with full implementation by summer.

The issue of copyright infringement on the Internet has long been an issue for content providers. News aggregation sites, RSS P2P networks and blogs seem to churn an almost endless supply of content and not all of it is copyright free.

The issue has gained prominence thanks to several high profile suits, including the Recording Industry Association of America's effort to stamp out music file sharing by P2P network users. On Tuesday, the RIAA filed another 500 lawsuits in an effort to protect copyrighted songs.