The Daily Mirror has followed News International’s lead and blocked aggregator NewsNow from linking to its website.
Earlier this month Times Online blocked NewsNow from using automated technology to link to its content because its headlines were being included in the news aggregators paid-for services.
News International used the Robots.txt protocol to stop its computers from harvesting news headlines from the Times website then extended the ban to all its titles.
As of Monday, the ban extended to the Mirror.co.uk website. ‘We’re not big fans of their business model,’Mirror.co.uk digital director Matt Kelly told PaidContent.
Both of these moves more or less back up new licenses issued by the Newspaper Licensing Agency requiring aggregators to pay to copy news stories in order to provide paid monitoring services.