31 Mar '11, 7pm

Zite news app accused of copyright infringement

The Washington Post, Dow Jones, Time Inc. and other news organizations have accused iPad news reader Zite of copyright infringement and told the Canadian startup to stop displaying their articles. "The Zite application is plainly unlawful," the 11 media outlets said in a "cease-and-desist" letter sent on Wednesday to Zite chief executive Ali Davar, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. Vancouver-based Zite was launched on March 9 and claimed to have 120,000 downloads of the free application in its first week in Apple's App Store. Zite offers a customized and personalized news experience, displaying stories based on the interests and behavior of a particular user. Instead of directing a reader to a news organization's website, however, where they display online advertising, many of the stories appear on Zite reformatted in a pop-up window without ads. In their letter, the ne...

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