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The newspaper industry is nearing victory in its fight to get commercial new aggregator services to hand over a share of revenues from selli…

The newspaper industry is nearing victory in its fight to get commercial new aggregator services to hand over a share of revenues from selling newspaper article links…

NewsNow, one of the aggregators that has yet to sign the Newspaper Licensing Agency‘s tougher new content-sharing license, has removed all links to stories by agency members from its paid subscription service, thereby avoiding both paying the 7.5p-a-link commanded by the NLA and the legal action it had threatened against non-compliant aggregators.

The NLA hopes to make an extra £1 million by including online aggregators in its content licensing regime for the first time.

The NLA has been reminding aggregators they could face legal action by not signing up — and NewsNow confirms in a statement that it is “refusing” to sign what it calls a legally “questionable” agreement. That leaves just Meltwater as the last paid-for news aggregator to either remove newspaper links or sign up to the new deal.

An angry NewNow MD Struan Bartlett calls the NLA licence “not fit for purpose” and writes: “In spite of the NLA

  1. The organisations named above ( Digital Media Services, Durrants, MediaGen, Precise Media, Press Data, PressIndex and the WPP-owned TNS Media Intelligence) are existing NLA licencees who offer traditional print clipping services. They have a vested interest in taxing the Internet upstarts.

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