SINGAPORE, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Singapore Press Holdings , which has a near monopoly of newspaper publishing in the city-state, said on Wednesday it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc, alleging the internet giant reproduced news from its newspapers without permission.
Singapore is the headquarters for Yahoo’s operations in Southeast Asia, a key market for the company where strong growth in mobile communications over the past decade has fuelled internet connectivity in a region with around 500 million people.
“In our statement of claim, we cited as examples 23 articles from our newspapers which Yahoo! had reproduced over a 12-month period without our licence or authorisation,” Singapore Press spokeswoman Chin Soo Fang said in an e-mail to Reuters.
SPH filed the writ of summons and statement of claim with the Singapore High Court on Friday and served them to Yahoo Southeast Asia on Monday.
Yahoo confirmed Singapore Press Holdings has sued the company’s Southeast Asia’s office for alleged copyright infringement.
“This matter has been referred to our legal advisors and as such, we are unable to comment further at this time,” Yahoo said in an e-mailed statement to Reuters.
Lawyers from Bird & Bird LLP represent Yahoo according to a Straits Times article, while SPH said Wong Partnership represents Singapore Press.