Copyright Policy


Our terms and conditions set out the detail of what you can and cannot do with our content and all use of is subject to them. This copyright policy summarises how users are permitted to use our content We reserve the right to change our copyright policy from time to time by publishing an updated policy on, which shall become effective and replace any previous policy with effect from publication. This version of the copyright policy was published on October 10, 2014.

How may I use COURTS NEWS IRELAND content?

You may do the following:

  • View our content for your personal use on any device that is compatible with (this might be your PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other mobile device) and store our content on that device for your personal use;
  • Print single copies of articles on paper for your personal use;
  • Share links to articles by using the article tools we make available at the foot of each article.

Republication and Redistribution

Except as set out above, you may not copy COURTS NEWS IRELAND content from or any third party source of COURTS NEWS IRELAND content such as news aggregators and you may not republish or redistribute full text articles, for example by pasting them into emails or republishing them in any media, including websites, newsletters or intranets.

We recognise that users of the Internet want to share information with others. We therefore permit limited republishing and redistribution of COURTS NEWS IRELAND content as set out below provided that this does not create a Substitute for COURTS NEWS IRELAND’s own products or services. We define a Substitute as a product or service that reduces the need for users or other third parties to pay for COURTS NEWS IRELAND content directly, or which creates revenue from the COURTS NEWS IRELAND’s content to the detriment of COURTS NEWS IRELAND’s own ability to generate revenues from that content.

As long as you do not create a Substitute, you may do the following:

  • Publish online, the original COURTS NEWS IRELAND headline and a link to the article and the first 140 characters of an article (what we call teaser text);
  • Forward the original headlines, links and teaser text to other individuals;
    • only publish the feed for access via a web-based browser.
    • publish the feed as it is made available on, so that you only include the headline and teaser content, and ensure that the headline links back to the full text article on
    • attribute the feed to the COURTS NEWS IRELAND as “© The Courts News Ireland Limited [year]”.
    • do not archive the feed or any of its content.

Summarising COURTS NEWS IRELAND full text content

As specified above you may not republish or redistribute full text articles.

You may however republish or redistribute ”Summaries” of COURTS NEWS IRELAND articles if you comply with the conditions set out below. “Summaries” can be either an “extract” or an “abstract”. By “extract” we mean 30 words copied verbatim from an COURTS NEWS IRELAND article which are inserted into a longer original work . By “abstract” we mean a 30 word non-verbatim summary of the news or facts reported in an COURTS NEWS IRELAND article which does not form part of a longer work.

These are the conditions you must comply with in order to produce summaries:

- you source COURTS NEWS IRELAND as the author of any article from which you have derived a summary by way of an attribution such as “[journalist name] at Courts News Ireland reported that”, with a hypertext link from the word “Courts News Ireland” to the original story published on;

- in the case of abstracts, you make clear that the abstract has been produced by you by stating “this abstract from Courts News Ireland was produced by [name]”, with a hypertext link from the word “Courts News Ireland” to the original story published on;

- you ensure that your summaries do not in whole or in part form a Substitute for COURTS NEWS IRELAND’s own products and services (see above for how we define Substitute). The more summaries you create the greater the risk of substitution. No individual or organisation may create, republish or redistribute more than ten summaries in aggregate each day, each one sourced from a different COURTS NEWS IRELAND article that is published on the same day you create the summary;

- you do not use or create summaries that promote or endorse any product or service; and

- if COURTS NEWS IRELAND notifies you that it believes you are creating, republishing or redistributing summaries outside of these parameters, you shall immediately cease doing so and your rights to create summaries shall be regarded as having been withdrawn, unless/until COURTS NEWS IRELAND reaches an agreement with you regarding your use of COURTS NEWS IRELAND articles.

Please note that these rights do not extend to content, data or other material published by COURTS NEWS IRELAND that we licence from third parties which you may not republish or redistribute.


You cannot do anything other than make use of the content as set out above, unless you enter in to a relevant publishing contract, see below for details. By way of example only, this means that you cannot:

  • If you are an individual registered user or subscriber or have a temporary access pass, you cannot share your user name and password with anyone else. A password is for one person’s use, save for Groups or Companies who enter in to individual subscription agreements with Courts News Ireland.  Sharing a password means a copy of the COURTS NEWS IRELAND Content may subsequently be made by someone who is not authorised to do so. Password sharing is a breach of our terms and conditions and is likely to result in an infringement of copyright. We monitor usage of to detect password sharing. Group subscriptions may be exempt from this.
  • Copy, publish or redistribute full text articles, photographs, graphics, tables or images in any way.
  • Create derivative works from our content, unless you are creating summaries as described above.
  • Photocopy or scan copies of articles.

Linking and attributing Merely providing a link or an attribution is not a defence to copyright infringement.

May I scrape and republish COURTS NEWS IRELAND headlines as part of a commercial service?

Only if you enter in to a contract with us to do so.

Is all material published on protected by copyright?

Yes, it is, so is all of the content published on third party platforms.

I have some questions about your policy, who should I contact?

Please contact us