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2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web

Posted on December 31st, 2012 at 19:05 by Desiato in category: batshitinsane, Intellectual Property -- Write a comment

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This year the Irish newspaper industry asserted, first tentatively and then without any equivocation, that links -just bare links like this one- belonged to them. They said that they had the right to be paid to be linked to. They said they had the right to set the rates for those links, as they had set rates in the past for other forms of licensing of their intellectual property. And then they started a campaign to lobby for unauthorised linking to be outlawed.

*popcorn*

  1. Funny thing, I’ve never really understood that the words “intellectual” and “newspaper” were related, except in the toilets of the struggling academic.

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