The Sun threatens legal action over alleged MailOnline copyright breach : The Guardian

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Alleged misuse of exclusive footage of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson and story about former reality TV star Ferne McCann at heart of case.

The Sun has accused MailOnline of stealing exclusive content and threatened legal proceedings in a sign of the escalating battle for digital news revenues.

Lawyers at the Sun, still the biggest selling popular newspaper in the UK but with far fewer readers than the MailOnline, sent the letter claiming copyright infringement earlier this week.

The row over the Mail’s alleged misuse of exclusive footage of Adam Johnson, the disgraced footballer in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old fan, and another story about former reality TV star Ferne McCann, comes after Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group in Australia launched similar legal proceedings two years ago.

At the heart of the dispute is the attempt to preserve exclusive content as…

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