Emory Law Journal


Amy E. Jensen


This Comment first explores how copyright law fails to protect content creators from a number of online uses of their content. It argues that where copyright law falls short, the almost-century-old doctrine of ¿hot news¿ misappropriation can help content creators address certain types of unfair competition. A federal statute codifying this doctrine would ultimately offer the most protection for content creators. This Comment argues, however, that such a statute must be limited in scope, and thus its utility would be likewise limited. Ultimately, if news gatherers wish to survive, they must adapt to the needs of consumers and challenge the prevailing idea that those who collect the news and disseminate it online require no compensation for their work.