A closely watched copyright-infringement lawsuit with important implications for schools, newspapers, and other organizations that aggregate news content from other sources on their web sites or in eMail newsletters ended in a settlement Jan. 26--leaving open, for now, the question of how much content news aggregators can post from stories they link to from other sites.

The settlement calls for GateHouse Media Inc. to put up technical barriers so that Boston.com can't capture certain content from its web sites automatically. The agreement was announced the day GateHouse's lawsuit was set to go to trial in U.S. District Court.

GateHouse sued The New


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