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Search engine optimisation (SEO) issues are still unclear over websites that link to news stories or copy headlines from online content after a legal case about the matter failed to go to trial.

A publisher planning to sue the New York Times (NYT) over copyright infringement reached a settlement just before an intellectual property court case to examine the matter was due to start.

Almost all Britons say they frequently use search engines to find information and websites on the Internet with about two thirds preferring natural listings over paid-for ads or sponsored links. A new study revealed the findings that also showed the majority of the UK population were baffled that search engine optimisation on websites can affect results they see when searching.