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Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co.
Citation:499 U.S. 340 (1991)
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The plaintiff, Rural, is a telephone service provider that also publishes telephone directories. Rural obtained the information for its white page listings directly from customers when they called Rural to request telephone service. Rural offers its telephone directories free of charge, but makes money by selling ad-space to companies in the yellow pages of those directories. The defendant, Feist, decided to offer a telephone directory covering an expanded geographic area. Feist is not a telephone company, so it could not get information for telephone directories directly. As a result, Feist had to approach the other eleven telephone companies in the area to acquire the information for its white page listings. Every telephone company, except Rural agreed to let Feist use their listings in exchange for compensation. Feist used Rural’s listings anyway. Rural sued.
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