Irish newspapers on defence over sharing links

January 4, 2013
The body representing Ireland's leading newspapers was forced to defend the way it enforces copyright law on Friday after revelations that it charges websites that link to its articles.

The body representing Ireland's leading newspapers was forced to defend the way it enforces copyright law on Friday after revelations that it charges websites that link to its articles.

National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI), which represents 16 of the most popular national papers, said it believed "that the display and transmission of links does constitute an infringement of copyright" under current Irish law.

However, it insisted that "there is a distinction between the sending and receipt of links for personal use on the one hand and the sending and of links for commercial purposes on the other".

"NNI and its members never have had any difficulty with people displaying links for personal use," it said in a statement.

The row was sparked by the revelation that Women's Aid, a charity combatting , had been told by an NNI subsidiary that it must pay 300 euros ($400) to display up to five links to newspaper articles on its website.

The fees relate to hypertext links to the original article on a newspaper's website, not a reproduction of the text—either totally or partially.

The case was highlighted by Dublin-based solicitor for Women's Aid, Simon McGarr, in a blog entry on Sunday entitled, "2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web."

He said NNI sub-company Newspaper Licensing Ireland Limited (NLI) told Women's Aid that the rates increased to 1,350 euros for displaying 26 to 50 , while the cost for 50 or more was "negotiable".

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5 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2013
I'm not inclined to be charitable towards these newspapers. I don't think many are. They chose to make their content available on the web. They can always rescind that decision.

I don't know where the situation with newspapers and the internet is going to end up, but this sort of legislation, merely providing life support for newspapers, isn't useful in the long run.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 05, 2013
Many people still apparently didn't understand, what they putting on the Internet is free for sharing by definition. If they don't want it to be free, they shouldn't put it on the Internet.
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2013
This sounds like a job for anonymous
not rated yet Jan 07, 2013
Simple solution. Stop linking to the newspaper. See how their ad revenue does.

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