Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150

Alex Hern reveals the plans of Britain's leading newspaper cartel to monetise Google Alerts and Google News

 

The Copyright Tribunal has ruled that businesses using services like Google News and Google Alerts will have to pay a fee of £150 to the Newspaper Licensing Agency, an umbrella body that collects and distributes licensing revenue to its Fleet Street members, who include Rupert Murdoch’s News International and Richard Desmond’s Northern and Shell.

Wired UK’s Mark Brown reports:

This came as part of a long running legal case between the NLA, and media-monitoring service Meltwater.

Meltwater’s customers can subscribe to receive alerts when their company is mentioned in the press — with links to the articles in question. But the NLA — which speaks for over a thousand UK papers — argues that this is an infringement of copyright and introduced a licensing scheme for media-monitors that crawl websites, take snippets of text and offer those copies to clients…

The newspaper super-group also revealed in the trial that it will require any business of more than five employees to hold a licence if they want to use Google News or Google Alerts.

One further point is yet to be clarified in the case — whether the mere act of browsing a newspaper company’s website in a workplace is an infringement of copyright, requiring a license. That one will be decided by the Supreme Court in February 2013.

Is this the crony capitalism we’ve heard so much about?

See also:

Dacre recalled to Leveson over Grant ‘mendacious’ claimAlex Hern, February 7th 2012

Express owner: ‘Mail is Britain’s worst enemy’Alex Hern, January 12th 2012

Coogan: “If the Daily Mail went to the wall tomorrow I’d be delighted”Shamik Das, October 13th 2011

Secret trade agreement places western profit over global welfareAlex Hern, September 29th 2011

What does Coulson have on Cameron and Murdoch?Tom Rouse, August 23rd 2011

24 Responses to “Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150”

  1. OutstandingSEM

    UK court rules that Google Alerts need a license. I don't like this and they will allow us to filter certain sources http://t.co/nXQlEtVX

  2. Johny

    Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150: http://t.co/6jfcZe9I @alexhern writes.

  3. Pulp Ark

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  4. Political Planet

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  5. Matmi

    £150 to use Google alerts! Good luck Meltwater. http://t.co/ANeqgoBJ

  6. Patron Press - #P2

    #UK : Get Google Alerts? You ’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/mkGfUZrj

  7. Dom Raban

    £150 to use Google alerts! Good luck Meltwater. http://t.co/ANeqgoBJ

  8. Nicholas Ripley

    Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/DN15Vvo8

  9. Liezel Tipper

    And individual use? RT @leftfootfwd: Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/3BPa6r8n

  10. Rossen Roussev

    Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/hTkkHTDl

  11. mark denn

    RT @leftfootfwd: Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/WUQR3MBb is this actually what was said??

  12. Hackergate

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  13. Corrie D Marketing

    Does your company have more than 5 employees? If "yes" Google Alerts could be changing…. http://t.co/7YltowUo

  14. Maria Hart

    Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150: The Copyright Tribunal has ruled that busin… http://t.co/IB5iNqrS

  15. Mark Ferguson

    Madness – how will I know what Tory councillors are up to without Google Alerts? http://t.co/SEGiTEtW

  16. Nick Grant

    RT @leftfootfwd: Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/WUQR3MBb is this actually what was said??

  17. Aloysius Carl

    this is crazy -Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150 http://t.co/lUsT92dd

  18. JC

    Surely the title should be: “Get Google Alerts? You’ll have to pay Trinity Mirror, GMG and co. £150”

  19. Anonymous

    If you believed in evidence based analysis you would check PR spin before rushing to publish. NLA is licensing paid for aggregators like Meltwater, who charge £3,000 pa plus to PR professionals – not general web users. Meltwater don’t want to pay. The Copyright Tribunal has confirmed that they must. They are making noise about the two year old fact that to help business users comply with newspaper terms of use NLA have extended a free right to systematically forward news content to 200,000 businesses with an existing NLA licence. We are not seeking to licence private use, ad hoc business use, tweeting, blogging, linking. See http://www.nla.co.uk for facts and http://copyrightblog.co.uk/2012/02/15/disruptors-disrupted-part-two/ for an alternative view

  20. Aloysius Carl

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  21. Cutbot

    Get Google Alerts? You'll have to pay Murdoch, Desmond and co. £150: http://t.co/6jfcZe9I @alexhern writes.

  22. Not Rupert Murdoch

    One day soon in the UK, you may have to pay Rupert Murdoch a licence fee to use Google News and Google Alerts at work http://t.co/r0sZaENS

  23. Solidarity

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  24. Derek Bryant

    One day soon in the UK, you may have to pay Rupert Murdoch a licence fee to use Google News and Google Alerts at work http://t.co/r0sZaENS

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