NY judge rules TV clip service used by White House does not violate broadcasters' copyrights

A New York judge says a company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to customers including the White House and members of Congress has not violated broadcasters' copyrights.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Tuesday in a copyright case filed by Fox News Network against TVEyes Inc.

Fox had sued for damages and to stop the company from distributing clips of its programs.

Hellerstein said the company's media monitoring service had created a database that was transformative and makes fair use of broadcasters' content.

The judge is still deciding the copyright legality of some aspects of the company's service. Some features allow clips to be archived or shared via social media.

Fox News noted in a statement that the judge has more to rule on.