The announcement by the National Newspapers of Ireland apparently has created quite a stir amongst Irish newspapers. Not all the 15 NNI member newspapers agree with the ludicrous new policy charging web sites for publishing simple links to NNI member papers.
The following statement was issued by The Irish Times:
The Irish Times has been referred to in comment and discussion in recent days on the subject of linking to newspaper websites. The Irish Times wishes to clarify its policy and position on URLs referring to Irish Times content.
- Linking without any re-publication or reproduction of the article is supported by The Irish Times, and promoted on each article on irishtimes.com for that reason.
- The Irish Times takes issue with automated ‘scraping’, summarisation, and aggregation, of its content. All commercial reproduction or republication of The Irish Times’ content is subject to licensing requirements that the NLI oversees.
- Financing quality journalism is a difficult challenge for Ireland’s newspaper industry. While the public increasingly believes that it has an interest in financially supporting quality journalism, some commercial operators have not yet adopted this position. The Irish Times supports the NNI position that copyright over newspaper content should be protected.
The above statement strikes me as common sense, unlike the original statement issued by the National Newspapers of Ireland. The NNI has partially retracted its earlier statement. Details may be found at http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0104/breaking41.html.