A federal appeals court in New York last week may have made it harder to reproduce articles on the Internet by ruling against several nationally known newspapers and magazines in a widely watched copyright dispute.

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with six free-lance writers Friday who claimed that The New York Times Co. and other major media had infringed on their copyrighted articles by making them available on commercial databases — such as Lexis-Nexis — without providing additional compensation.

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