Dagens Næringsliv closes its online archives

Norwegian daily Dagens Næringsliv lost a case against freelancer and art critic Jan Kokkin who argued that the newspaper had published more than 500 of his articles online during the last decade without giving him compensation, in violation with the contract between the two parties. The paper was sentenced to pay 60,000 NOK in damages and 250,000 for legal expenses.

As an effect of the outcome of the case, DN’s Chief Editor Amund Djuve told Aftenposten that the paper closes its online archives. The sentence will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Update: A similar case from a US court from earlier this month.