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Default Charity Must Pay To Link To Newspaper Articles

Charity Must Pay To Link To Newspaper Articles Featuring Them

Posted: 29 May 2012 Torrentfreak

It’s a real shame that we don’t have a ‘WTF’ tag for posts here in the ‘Bits’ section of TorrentFreak since this story desperately needs one.

Women’s Aid is an Irish charity supporting victims of domestic violence. As part of its quest to raise both funding and awareness, the charity sometimes gets featured in newspaper articles. The exposure is obviously highly valued.

However, when the charity wrote about these press mentions on its website and linked to the stories so that its readers could find them more easily, it had a nasty surprise.

According to their solicitor, Women’s Aid received correspondence from Newspaper Licensing Ireland Limited which advised the charity to obtain licensing in order to obtain “permission to scan clippings for 16 national titles and 90 regional newspapers plus some foreign newspapers.”

Failure to obtain the license, the charity was warned, would expose them “to expensive litigation,” adding, “Reproducing copyright content without permission is theft.”

Now, Women’s Aid were not scanning or reproducing clippings, so maybe there was some sort of mistake? Apparently not. In subsequent correspondence the charity was warned:

“A licence is required to link directly to an online article even without uploading any of the content directly onto your own website.”

McGarr Solicitors, who are acting for the charity, are as surprised as anyone at the demands and have urgently asked Newspaper Licensing Ireland to clarify their position.

A spokesperson for NLI declined to comment, which is just as well since it would only serve to make them look even more idiotic.

Here’s a suggestion NLI – get all your clients to remove their work from the web, then people won’t be suckered into generating a hyperlink in order to generate traffic for their websites.

And stay strong Women’s Aid – no one should get away with bullying, ever.
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Damn Disgraceful!!!!! Now they are going after Charities???

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Default Re: Charity Must Pay To Link To Newspaper Articles

This is no different than the case against Google that occurred in Belgium. Newspapers there, sued Google because their content was showing up on the internet and they hadn't been paid their licensing fees. The court sided with the newspapers deciding Google was guilty through news aggregation. Google wound up having a pay a fine per day for the incidences.

Google promptly cut out any reference to the newspapers represented by Sofam (the suing party on behalf of the newspapers) cut their links to prevent their articles from being shown, and filtered all references to those newspapers. In effect they vanished from the net.

Not but a few months later, those same newspapers were crying again about not being on Google to be found on the internet. You see the whole thing was about forcing Google to pay a news ransom in the form of licensing to use their content. They didn't bet on losing readership in the process.

This is exactly what needs to be done here. The charity is not as big as Google but I bet if this charity went public with the news of what was happening to it, public pressure and bad publicity would probably convince them that their present course isn't the smartest.
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