Lawsuit launched against obituary website alleges copyright infringement
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 5:08PM EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A lawyer in Newfoundland and Labrador is bringing a class-action suit against a website that collects obituaries and reposts them.
The statement of claim, which has not been proven in court, alleges that the site managed by Afterlife Network Inc. contains hundreds of thousands of obituaries and photographs copied without permission from the websites of Canadian funeral homes and newspapers.
The Jan. 11 document says the reproductions infringe copyright, and that Afterlife hasn't sought permission from the copyright holders.
Lawyer Erin Best is attempting to certify the lawsuit before the Federal Court of Canada.
The action says the website generates revenues by displaying the advertising of third party businesses and by permitting users to "light virtual candles and send flowers."
A spokesperson for Afterlife was not immediately available for comment, but the company has previously said that it will edit or delete information from the site on request.