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2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web

This is not a joke. I have started with that clarification, because as you read this you will find yourself asking “Is this some kind of a joke?” I thought I would be helpful and put the answer right up at the start, so you can refer back to it as often as you require. 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. […]


EMI Records (Ireland) and Ors -v- UPC and Ors: Court Report

This matter was returnable today in Court 1 on a Motion for Entry before Mr. Justice Kelly. The High Court Record Number of this matter is 2012/12381. Mr. Cian Ferriter SC appeared in the matter for Vodafone and Mr. Gerard Kelly of Matheson Solicitors appeared for UPC and others. Mr. Jonathan Newman BL appeared for the Plaintiffs. The Court directed that the matter be returned for the 29th January for directions and any required motions. The parties are to meet […]


National Digital Research Centre: Brewster’s Millions with public money?

The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) is the successor to the now departed MediaLab Europe in Dublin’s Digital Hub. Like all good corporate entities, it has a mission statement. “NDRC’s mission is to create market capital by accelerating ideas to income in a sustainable, ongoing and enduring way.” “Accelerating ideas to income” is what we might otherwise call helping to start a successful company. The company is a joint venture between Irish Universities and is funded, almost entirely, by a […]


EMI Records [Ireland] Ltd and Ors sue Irish ISPs

An interesting case has appeared in the High Court search system. Yesterday, EMI Records [Ireland] Ltd, Sony Music Entertainment [Ireland] Ltd, Universal Music Ireland Ltd and Warner Music Ireland Ltd filed papers in the High Court central office to commence proceedings against UPC Communications Ireland Ltd, Vodafone Ireland Ltd, Imagine Telecommunications Ltd, Digiweb Ltd and Hutchinson 3 G Ltd. The case is listed before the Commercial Court on the 17th December by way of Notice of Motion. This, of course, […]


Newspaper Licensing Ireland: 2nd letter for Women’s Aid re paying to link to newspaper websites

The following letter was sent on behalf of Women’s Aid to Newspaper Licensing Ireland Limited. The first letter to Newspaper Licensing Ireland Ltd can be read here: Newspaper Licensing Ireland Ltd asks Women’s Aid for money to link to newspaper websites Women’s Aid have agreed to allow us to publish their responses in the hope that it may prove helpful to other non-profit bodies who may receive similar requests. We have not charged any fee but if you feel like […]