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TV Station Apologizes for Reprinting Photo Without Permission


KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M., issued a written apology to the Rio Grande Sun for using a photograph from the weekly newspaper's web site without permission. The station, owned by Hearst-Argyle Television, also paid the paper $2,300 in legal fees incurred in pursuing the copyright infringement.

The Sun printed the apology, while its managing editor commented that the problem was all too common and that frustration had led the paper to "draw the line." The picture in question was aired in conjunction with an item about the arrest of a Pojoaque, N.M., substitute schoolteacher on drug charges.The station credited the image to the newspaper with type on the screen.