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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Ireland Made Linking to News Illegal

Ireland Made Linking to News Illegal

Ireland Made Linking to News Illegal

Added: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
From now on, publishing a link to a news article from Ireland might appear an expensive business for some. Recently, a group of Irish newspapers have taken a decision that the way to make money from the Internet is to charge anyone who links to their news stories.

According to the National Newspapers of Ireland group, they have adopted a new licensing scheme which requires the websites to pay if they want to link to one of its members. The group has already been sending out notices demanding payment and called everyone who legitimately linked to their news a pirate.
Thus far they have written to Women’s Aid, since the latter had linked to articles in newspapers having positive stories about their fundraising efforts. Now the current fine is €100 for a link, and the group of fifteen newspapers believes that mentioning an article online is copyright violation.

In other words, the plan is that Irish newspapers want to get paid for getting their member websites more traffic. However, there’s no case law to back this up, but there’s a lot of EU case law which proves that there needs to be legislation to get anything remotely like this.
As for publishers, they have so far been targeting Google for its use of news stories in search results. However, it looks like the National Newspapers of Ireland group isn’t interested in taking on Google, but rather interested in demanding money from blog owners.

In Belgium, after Google lost the court case, the company had to comply with the court order to delist the newspapers from the search results. And the newspapers’ sites lost much of traffic and money. Even after that, the Irish newspaper group doesn’t seem to realize that a link is free advertising for the company which runs a web page itself.

January 8th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkie (2013-01-08 14:57:31)
No avatarsounds like an idea from the same people who set laws regarding internet "copyright" here in america. coming to a country near you, people.

posted by (2013-01-08 15:03:38)
ic3m4l3 avatarwat do u mean? like this?

posted by (2013-01-08 16:00:11)
No avatarlol people wont post links to them is their loss

posted by (2013-01-08 17:43:54)
Lunatic24_7 avatarI was only saying the same thing yesterday...'The Irish newspaper group doesn’t seem to realize that a link is free advertising for the company'...as we would say here in Ireland...GOBSHITES!

posted by Kitty (2013-01-08 18:10:19)
Crash1 avatar@Ic3m4l3 ... You should get your facts straight ... IrishNews.com is NOT part of the National Newspapers of Ireland group.
The newspapers that ARE members of the group are the Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Sunday Mirror, Irish Farmers Journal, The Sunday Times, The Irish Sun, and Irish Daily Mail.

Anyway, I'd expect them to make a U-Turn on this policy when they get complaints from those Irish people either posted or consigned overseas or recent expats, who may have to rely on the IrishNews website for news from home, rather than the papers mentioned above.

posted by (2013-01-08 20:43:05)
No avatarHey who says that there aren't ingenious people at getting money out of people for crazy things. For example we have to pay high water charges even though we in the west of Ireland have rainfall of 1,000 - 1,250mm rain per year. Imagine trying to get the Arabs in Saudi Arabia to buy sand. Not likely!
Someone will always try to get something for nothing. Anyway who'd even want a link to Irish newspapers. Most of the time it's all about Ireland's BAILOUT (yawn).

posted by (2013-01-09 07:48:13)
giraffe avatar@Geraldine25 Sorry mate but Australia sells sand to Saudi Arabia.

posted by (2013-01-09 08:27:19)
Solcis avatarYou can butter it. Ireland is toast.

posted by (2013-01-09 11:50:39)
Dailupdude avatarI can't think of any reason why I would want to access an Irish newspaper, but I'm probably just in a mniority of about 6.99 billion.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-01-09 13:36:38)
fusseltier avatarwhat do you expect from a country that let the church hide and relocate their wealth before they got sued for all of the sexual abuse charges that were getting ready to hit them...

posted by (2013-01-10 05:01:19)
No avatarOMG.....UM.......HOW STUPID!!

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