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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    Anonymous Coward, 31 May 2012 @ 7:34am

    Way ahead of ya Ireland. In Denmark and Sweden it has been illegal to deep link "copyrighted material" since 2000/2001. (Yes, the cases were about illegal mp3's, but the rulings saw the linking as a separate crime.) These rulings have later been confirmed by cases about links to newspaper articles.

    Many media in Denmark are lax about it and will let "personal private use" be legal while "commercial use" has to pay. Now we only need to know the line between those two broad terms to know if our "illegal" endevour will be overlooked by the kings of media!

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