UK Newspapers Want £1 Million From Aggregators; 5p A Link

The Newspaper Licensing Agency tells paidContent:UK it wants news monitoring companies and “content-scraping” aggregators to give it “circa 10 percent” of their revenues for the privilege. At the NLA’s estimate, aggregators and PR monitors like Moreover and Newsnow make a combined £10 million in annual revenue, meaning £1 million would be distributed back to NLA’s 1,400 member newspapers.

The wish came in an emailed statement from NLA commercial director Andrew Hughes, reacting to criticism from four news aggregators that its new online content licensing regime is an attempt to “tax the internet”. Hughes said the plan is not to charge for hyperlinks per se but to fairly redistribute some of the “the substantial revenues (aggregators) generate to the content owners”; that, he said, is “fair and proportionate”.

The statement reads: “Monitoring companies create their services by copying newspaper content into a database to find relevant articles. This is commercial use of publishers