Irish Newspapers and the Battle to Control Online Content

By: Frédéric Filloux | The Guardian

Irish newspapers created quite a stir when they demanded a fee for incoming links to their content. Actually, this is a mere prelude to a much more crucial debate on copyrights, robotic scraping and subsequent synthetic content recreation.

The controversy erupted on 30 December, when an attorney from the Irish law firm McGarr solicitors exposed the case of one of its clients, the Women’s Aid organization, being asked to pay a fee to Irish newspapers for each link they send to them.

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