Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

Fox News Suffers Major Legal Defeat to TVEyes (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Tuesday, a New York federal judge issued a significant “fair use” ruling, and in the process, handed Fox News a major legal loss in its attempts to protect its news shows from exploitation. Reuters Fox News cannot stop a media monitoring service from recording snippets of its broadcasts and offering them to clients, some of which use them to criticize the network, the judge ruled on Tuesday. Fox, which is owned by Twenty First Century Fox Inc, sued TVEyes Inc for copyright infringement in 2013, calling it a “parasitic” service that was leeching profits from its considerable investments in producing content for its cable channels. Variety “No reasonable juror could find that people are using TVEyes as a substitute for watching Fox News broadcasts on television,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein wrote. TVEyes is a media monitoring service with 2,200 subscribers, including the White House, the Associated Press, MSNBC, Bloomberg and AARP. Hellerstein noted that users, paying $500 per month, were contractually limited to using the clips for internal purposes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hellerstein said that he still needs to decide on whether features that allow searches by date and time, and that allow clips to be archived, downloaded, emailed or otherwise shared are “integral services and protected by a fair use defense.” Another hearing is set for Oct. 3 to determine the remaining issues.

#AppleLive Event Encounters Some Technical Difficulties (LostRemote)
While the biggest shock should have been the announcement of a fancier-than-the-leaks iPhone 6 or an iWatch, or maybe some updates to Apple TV, the second screen moment of the day was Apple’s own live stream. PRNewser Apple may aspire to “control” journalists in some ways, but it was tough to prevent viewers from commenting when the world’s most-watched live stream kept crashing, broadcasting Chinese translations over Tim Cook’s voice and creating some trippy visuals. SocialTimes Apple’s big reveal: two larger iPhone 6s, plus the company’s first foray into wearable tech: the Apple Watch. Cook introduced the new device using Steve Jobs’ famous “one more thing” line and got a standing ovation during the reveal. According to data from the social media intelligence platform Synthesio, people were most concerned about the device’s design. Inside Mobile Apps Users of the watch, set for an early 2015 release, can navigate menus and launch apps with swipe and pressure-sensitive tap controls, but another control option is available with the Digital Crown. This dial can be used to zoom in and out of maps or photo galleries, for instance, but can also be used to scroll through lists and otherwise navigate through apps without the need for one’s fingers to cover up the screen.