Irish Newspaper Group New Synonym For Chutzpah; Demands Licensing Fees For Hyperlinks

This extraordinary story comes from an Irish solicitor that represents an organization on the receiving end of dunning “letters, emails and phone calls.”

Recap: The Newspapers’ agent demanded an annual payment from a women’s domestic violence charity because they said they owned copyright in a link to the newspapers’ public website.

The definition of chutzpah: “insolence” or “audacity.”

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  • sheknows

    How ridiculous. It’s the same as saying to a person ” here, it’s in this book, look it up”.
    Is this just simply greed or simply stupidity?
    Thanks Kathleen, good article.

  • ShannonLeee

    Stupidity. It is time for people to stop linking to Irish newspapers. what is next for Ireland? Will scientists have to pay fees to list references in their publications?

  • http://wiredpen.com KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst

    Thanks, yes this seems very clueless and short-sighted.