Irish Charity Told It Needs To Pay A License Fee To Link To A Newspaper Article

from the uh,-no dept

Via Mathew Ingram we learn of a ridiculous situation in Ireland, where the organization "Newspaper Licensing Ireland" has sent an email to the Women's Aid charity, telling it that linking to newspaper websites without a license is copyright infringement:
"a licence is required to link directly to an online article even without uploading any of the content directly onto your own website"
The lawyer representing Women's Aid smartly posted its own reply publicly asking NLI to "specify the statutory basis of this claim." It also notes the pricelist, including the fact that NLI seems to think that linking to between one and five articles requires €300 annually. Furthermore, the letter notes the terms of service on various news websites that allow linking -- even though this is really besides the point, since copyright law does not forbid linking in the first place.

Filed Under: ireland, licensing, linking, women's aid
Companies: newspaper licensing ireland


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 31 May 2012 @ 2:52am

    They need to grow the fuck up... Their website is public domain. If she was posting alt links to ripped copies of the website then yeah they could and should be pissed but not when someone is telling others about the site. I would continue to link and if they wanted me to stop it would be simple.

    Make the fucking website a pay site members only. Then it would actually be a little more justified to bitch about it."Not much but still"

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