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News aggregator NewsNow to stop linking to big media

Well it had to happen sooner or later. One of the UK’s top news aggregators has decided to remove links to most of the national news sites following a spat with the Newspaper Licensing Authority.

NewsNow will now stop linking to newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Mirror, among others.

The NLA explains why it is going after the news aggregators

The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) licenses companies to copy from national and regional newspapers and collects fees on their behalf.

I’ve been talking to the NLA’s commercial director Andrew Hughes about the fees newspapers are asking web monitoring services such as NewsNow to pay in order to index and link to their content…

UK newspapers threaten major news aggregator

UK newspapers threaten NewsNowNews aggregator NewsNow has been on the receiving end of legal threats from a number of UK newspapers, a move that is the equivalent of a herd of donkeys filing a class action suit against the inventor of the wheel.

The announcement comes six months after the Associated Press said it would demand more control over links and revenue sharing from aggregators.

While AP hasn’t been named by NewsNow as a complainant, an open letter by NewsNow MD Struan Bartlett has pointed to most of the UK’s top newspapers, including The Times, The Sun, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Daily Express.

He’s asked these newspapers to “restore amicable relations” with aggregators, including NewsNow, which itself appears under threat as a result of the mainstream media’s demands.