As iMediaEthics has written, two Connecticut newspapers have been in court for two years over aggregation and plagiarism charges. The Journal Inquirer claimed that the Hartford Courant plagiarized it in 2009. The Courant claimed it was “aggregating” the newspaper’s work.
But, the two newspapers have settled, according to a report in the Journal Inquirer. While the “terms were not disclosed,” the Courant apologized to the Journal Inquirer. The Courant’s report on the settlement said that “as per an agreement between the two sides, the Courant declined to comment on the details of Thursday’s settlement except to say that it was satisfactory to both newspaper companies.”
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The Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics commitee censured the Courant in 2009 for plagiarism over the incident. The Inquirer filed a lawsuit seeking financial damages in November 2009 (which it later dropped “for technical reasons”). We wrote in June when the Inquirer refiled its lawsuit calling for $7.5 million.
The Courant denied copyright infringement in 2011, even though it admitted to plagiarism in 2009.