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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    lol, 31 May 2012 @ 4:40am

    does not compute

    This seems like a good move to make everyone else remove any link to your website, which only makes sense if your goal is to disappear from the web. It's not even economically viable, your hurting your traffic, diminishing ad-revenue for a measly 300$ / year?

    If I were the charity site, I'd link to a google 'I feel lucky' search which results in the linked page to open, no 300$ for them unless they tell google to remove their link.

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