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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    PaulT (profile), 31 May 2012 @ 12:31am

    I wish there was something to stop people claiming "copyright infringement" as though that justifies shakedown tactics and removal of private property, and the other things people seem to try. Perhaps that's why their targeting poorer organisations like charities who can't afford adequate legal advice to bring charges.

    Surely, if they're sending out these kinds of demands without there actually being a legal requirement, it should count as at least fraud, if not something worse? If there's no legal basis behind the initial threat, it's nothing more than a protection racket.

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