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Friday, 29 August 2014

Irish Times think links are copyright

Nobody at the Irish Times has contradicted the NNI actions, in charging for linking, they say they don't charge for links, no not directly they get their agent to charge for them. the inclusion of links wasn't a mistake on the part of the NLI/NNI they were deliberate in including it.

National Newspapers of Ireland submission to copyright consultation.
"It is the view of NNI that a link to copyright material does constitute infringement of copyright, and would be so found by the Courts."

this month the NNI put out statement reiterating that they see links as copyright even if others don't http://www.nni.ie/v2/broad/portal.php?content=../_includes/prportal.php&date=4th%20Jan%202013&year=2013 which tells me it deliberated decision to include it in the submission not a mistake.

Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times is a member of the board thus must approve submissions and statements.

they could't be clearer.

Irish Newspapers Want To Charge For Links - Can They Really Do That? Readwriteweb Adam Popescu Jan 16, 2013

Newspapers respond to copyright row

Statesments by Managing Directors outweigh any statements by anybody below that.

National Newspaper Ireland via the Internet Archive

see the boldened and * part of their statement.

4th Jan 2013
Statement on Behalf of National Newspapers of Ireland

National Newspapers of Ireland ("NNI") is aware of a lot of commentary and discussion which has arisen over the last few days in relation to linking to newspaper websites. Much of what has been said is based on inaccuracy and has not reflected our actual position on the matters being discussed. For that reason, we are keen to clarify NNIs position.


By way of background, NNI represents 16 national daily, Sunday and weekly newspapers and 25 local and regional newspapers. Some 10 years ago, a number of NNI members and other newspaper publishers mandated a separate company, Newspaper Licensing Ireland Limited ("NLI") to license third parties in relation to use of newspaper content. In accordance with the Copyright and Related Rights Act of 2000, NLI is registered in the Register of Copyright Licensing Bodies. NLI is a member of the International Federation of Reproduction of Copyright Licensing Bodies. NLI is a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Right Organisations and is a member of the Press Database and Licensing Network.

NLI facilitates the commercial use of copyright newspaper content, when that use would otherwise constitute an infringement of copyright (and therefore be unlawful) by issuing licences on behalf of the copyright owners. By doing so, companies and organisation are in a position to legally access, use and copy that content.

NNI members never object to their newspaper content being used by others for personal use

Licenses are only required when newspaper content is being used by another party for commercial purposes. Neither NLI, nor the members of NNI, ever ask for a license to be taken by any person using newspaper content for their own personal use (whether that involves displaying links or not). It is an important way in which the position of NNI, and its member newspapers, has not been properly respected in discussions over the last few days.

Our approach when others are using newspaper content for commercial purposes

NLI routinely writes to companies and organisations to introduce NLI and to make them aware that any copying of newspaper content for commercial purposes requires a licence. The sort of activities which constitute "copying" for these purposes are the photocopying of newspaper articles, placing of newspaper articles on an intranet website, viewing of articles on a website hosted by a press cutting agency and the sending of articles to clients or other third parties.

We should add that it is not at all unusual for any website operator (whether a newspaper publisher or otherwise) to prohibit or restrict the commercial use of their website content. Most websites have terms and conditions which either preclude or limit use of the content of the website for commercial purposes. Many website operators also specifically either limit linking to their website when it is for a commercial purpose, or entirely preclude it.

Much of the commentary over the last few days has been in relation to the issue of copyright licensing for the display of links. Firstly, NNI and its newspaper members never have had any difficulty with people displaying links for personal use. NLI does, however, require commercial users who engage in republishing of newspaper content to be licensed. Whenever NLI has required as organisation to take such a license, the organisation has also engaged, for commercial purposes, in some other "copying activity" in addition to the display of links (for example, where the organisation has reproduced either the text of the article itself or an extract from it alongside the links).

Our position on linking

Some of the discussion over the last few days has been around whether a hyperlink from one website to another, in itself and without any more, constitutes copyright infringement. That exact issue was in fact one raised a number of months ago in the Consultation Paper issued by the Copyright Review Committee appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to review existing copyright legislation. In the Consultation Paper, the Committee expressly requested that submissions would be made by any interested parties on the issue and as to whether our existing copyright law should be changed so as to specifically include a positive statement to the effect that linking in itself, without more, does not constitute an infringement of copyright legislation. This request for submissions was made by the Committee in the context where the Committee itself states in its Consultation Paper that there are "divided" views from Courts as to whether the display of links in itself is an infringement of copyright. The Consultation Paper was made publicly available and anyone was free to make a submission on it.

NNI made a submission to the effect that our view of existing legislation is that the display and transmission of links does constitute an infringement of copyright and our existing copyright law should not be amended in the manner discussed in the Consultation Paper.* We understand that some people do not agree with that interpretation of the law. Equally, there are others who do agree with it. As already indicated, the Committee itself acknowledged that there are divided views on this. We await, in due course, the final report from the Copyright Review Committee and await sight of whatever they might say or recommend on the point.

It is important, in fairness to us and our members, to specifically note here that the submission made on behalf of NNI to the Copyright Review Committee also expressly recognised that there is a distinction between the sending and receipt of links for personal use on the one hand and the sending and receipt of links for commercial purposes on the other (despite the fact that the same legal principles apply to both). NNI specifically stated that its members accept that linking for personal use is part of how individuals communicate on-line and that our members have no issue with that.


Whilst NNI and its members welcome any discussion and debate about the way in which creative content should be viewed and shared on-line, the discussion which has taken place over the last few days has not correctly reflected our practice or views. Our members do not, and have never, suggested that a license might be taken for anyone copying newspaper content for personal use. When organisations wish to use and exploit the original, creative content generated by newspapers for their own commercial purposes. It is both in accordance with law, and entirely reasonable, that they should seek prior permission in order to do so.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Fine Gael affiliated think tank the Collins Institute

Update: the page that was built at Collins Institute is no longer public. Somebody was building the site in public accidentaly.

The Collins Institute was announced at the Ocotober 2013 Fine Gael party conferene as a Fine Gael affiliated think tank. I started a thread on it on The Michael Collins Institute

Enda Kenny: 'Ireland needs an overhaul of social welfare' Irish Mirror Oct 11, 2013

The Fine Gael leader also confirmed he will set up a new group called the Collins Institute to come up with fresh ideas to help the country back to its best.

Government forecasts budget deficit of 7.3% Newstalk 12 October 2013
Enda Kenny also confirmed he will set up a new internal group called the Collins Institute to come up with fresh policies for the party.

Isn't that what political parties membership are for, isn't what party conferences are for, why do you need a seperate think thank?

I wondered at the time.

What was the last idea that a Fine Gael policy group came up with... Seanad abolition.

Nothing more about it until 2nd March 2014.
Little piece in the Mail on Sunday about how Fine Gael are going to launch a think tank called The Michael Collins Institute, 'no details until launch' FG spokeperson says, no reference that they announced this last year at the conference.

The Martens Centre formely
Centre for European Policy Studies
The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (previously the Centre for European Studies) was established in 2007 as the political foundation and official think tank of the European People’s Party (EPP). It embodies a pan-European mind-set based on centre-right, Christian Democrat, conservative and like-minded political values and research. It serves as a framework for national political foundations linked to member parties of the EPP, with 29 foundations currently members. The Martens Centre takes part in the preparation of EPP programmes and policy documents. It organises seminars and training on EU policies and on the process of European integration.
The Centre also contributes to formulating EU and national public policies. It produces research studies and books, policy briefs, and the twice-yearly European View journal. Its research activities are divided into six clusters: party structures and EU institutions, economic and social policies, EU foreign policy, environment and energy, values and religion, and new societal challenges. Through its papers, publication launches, conferences and online activities, the Martens Centre offers a platform for discussion among experts, politicians, policymakers and the European public. At the beginning of 2014, the Centre was renamed in honour of its late President and founder, Wilfried Martens, the EPP’s long-standing President and former Prime Minister of Belgium.

That pic taken at the Congress of the European People’s Party held in Dublin but the Collins Institute not yet listed Members of Marten Centre

John Bruton is on the Academic Council and chairman of the fundraising and events committee

I found a half built website in summer 2014 The Michael Collins Institute "Powerful citizens in a just republic".

About Us | Collins Institute
We are a policy think tank which has been tasked by Fine Gael with examining the long-term challenges facing Ireland.

The Collins Institute has been tasked with examining how a new Just Republic might be established in Ireland by 2022

The Collins Institute is a Fine Gael initiative. It is policy think tank which has been tasked with examining the long-term challenges facing Ireland and suggesting possible policy responses. In particular it will look at the way in which a truly Just Republic might be established in Ireland in the run-up to 2022, the centenary of both the founding of the Irish state and the death of Michael Collins. The Institute’s name recognises the crucial role which Collins played in the creation of the Irish state and the special position which he occupies in both the history and affections of many in the Fine Gael party.

Over the next 18-­-24 months the Collins Institute will issue a series of detailed working papers looking at how the six key principles listed above can best be reflected in public policy in a number of important areas. As a first very preliminary step we have analysed some of the key challenges that Ireland faces, viewed through the prism of each one of these principles.

Six Key Principals
Freedom, Equality and Solidarity
Sustainability, Accountability and Subsidiarity

the Institute focuses on
Just Republic
A Social Market
An Enabling State
Powerful Citizens
Strong Communities

The first report

Not much fanfare or notice for their first report The Just Republic 'Building A Citizen Focused Republic'. released on 30th of June 2014, no media coverage, no-one but me publically discussing it as far as I can see.

The work of the Institute is overseen by its Director, Dr Sean Faughnan, and a Board which is chaired by Marion Coy. A key goal of the Institute is to work closely with like-minded institutes and think tanks in other countries, particularly those which are associated with the European People’s Party. All papers published by the Institute are intended for discussion purposes only and do not represent Fine Gael policy.

Marion Coy Chair Mountbellew Agricultural College and former Director of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Ceifin speaker Bio

Sean Faughnan a former investment banker who lives in a medival castle.
Banker who changed Enda's mind on Seanad Sunday Independent 08/09/2013 John Breenan.
A Little known investment banker turned medieval castle owner is today revealed as being the 'mastermind' behind the Government's plan to abolish the Seanad.

The guy who advised kenny to try to abolish the Seanad, I timelined his role here in Enda Kenny's Seanad flip flop based on a Vincent Brownes article, Cynical Seanad abolition stunt must not be rewarded - Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times - Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Seems like follow up to this Alan Dukes to head new FG policy commission which also included Sean Faughan which dealth with health policy and recommended an universal health insurance market. Sean Faughnan was a special advior to the Minister for Health James Reilly. Reilly’s advisors announced Sara Burke 2011.

The report lots of talk about the Enabling State which the Guardian tells me is

The enabling state is the phrase used to describe the process whereby responsibility for delivering public services traditionally provided by the state is passed to private or voluntary organisations (or 'arms length' government agencies).Underpinning this is the idea that smaller, local and specialist providers are more effective and efficient at delivering publicly-funded services than large centralised bureaucracies (such as the NHS).

Ireland needs, in our view, a more proactive and Enabling State. One that rejects both the old centralised model of universal service delivery, built around a one size fits all approach, and the more recent public management approach which seeks to turn citizens into mere consumers. Public services should be judged, instead, by the extent to which they help build the capabilities of its citizens. The goal should be to create a system which is focused on the idea of "social productivity" (more people reaching more of their potential) instead of the rather passive idea of “social security” (a basic safety net which, while absolutely essential, does very little to change people’s prospects). The Enabling State recognises that it has a duty to protect its most vulnerable citizens, who may require sustained assistance from government, and to help provide all citizens with the supports they need to take more control of their own lives. However, it also insists that citizens have an obligation, in turn, to do everything they can to become more independent and self-sufficient.

It seems to be PR for the privitisation and outsourcing and cuts and attacks on the social safety net dressed up as political philosophy.