The National Newspapers of Ireland group believes that content should require licenses when it is used for commercial purposes.

More and more newspapers are turning to paywalls to help with falling revenue, but what about charging for linking to content? The National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) group wants to charge licensing fees when it’s content is linked to. This raises questions about who owns content on the web and what ‘original’ content is if it’s circulated by numerous publications.

The NNI, which represents 16 national daily, Sunday and weekly newspapers and 25 local and regional newspapers, has stated it’s view that “the display and transmission of links does constitute an infringement of copyright.” It doesn’t object to newspaper content being used by others for personal use but believes a license is required when it is used by another party for commercial purposes.

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