Moreover May Sue UK Newspapers Over Redistribution Fee

Online news aggregator Moreover, which until last month was part of Verisign, is considering taking legal action against the UK’s Newspaper Licensing Agency in response to plans to impose a fee on re-distribution of online newspaper articles. The NLA, which polices unauthorised use of content for thousands of local and national newspapers, wants to impose charges on “web-scraping” services that copy sites’ entire content and redistribute it via tailor-made datafeeds to paying customers, something it says Moreover does.

This comes as the company was recently bought out by a UK investor group, led by former *AOL* business development SVP Paul Farrell, and relocated its HQs to London. Also, this not the first time Moreover publishing model has come under fire: AP sued the company in 2007 for publishing excerpts of news reports, though the case was settled in August last year. More details on PCUK here.