On Sunday night, we published our post 2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web on the efforts of the Irish newspaper industry to assert property rights over links.
The post has provoked a good deal of comment. For convenience, we have collected up a few of the responses.
Hugh Linehan, the Editor of IrishTimes.com:
@jobrodie I should acknowledge that it’s all factually correct as far as I know
— Hugh Linehan (@hlinehan) December 31, 2012
Prof Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism, NY University:
Prof George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University London:
Bora Zivkovic, Blogs Editor at Scientific American. Visiting Scholar at NYU school of journalism:
I hate to use the word “idiots”, but sometimes that’s the best fit: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web mcgarrsolicitors.ie/2012/12/30/201…
— Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) January 2, 2013
To be completely clear about it, this isn’t about fair use, fair dealing, excerpts, headlines or anything like that. It’s about links
It’s as if the newspaper business was still run by clueless middle-aged white drunks, or something.
When Irish newspapers tried to kill the link (thus the web): mcgarrsolicitors.ie/2012/12/30/201…
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) December 31, 2012
Former CTO of Storyful.com:
It’s wrong, pure and simple. No if, no but and no maybe about it. It’d be interesting if they went after Google. Still wrong but interesting. And yet it’s not Google they went after, it’s Women’s Aid. What does that say about the mentality and morality of the National Newspapers of Ireland and their agents?
Your eyes will pop at the amounts.
I would link to any coverage the matter had received in Irish Newspapers but there still has been none.