PRCA claims victory over NLA's online fees

The Newspaper Licensing Agency has been forced by the Copyright Tribunal to cut its fees for sharing online news content, which have been found to be 'much too high'.

NLA: MD David Pugh
NLA: MD David Pugh

An interim decision was reached on Tuesday in a case brought against the NLA by the PRCA and Meltwater Group.

The PRCA claimed that seven of the nine changes requested had been upheld.

The NLA was forced to drop the fixed-rate tariff for new licensees from the proposed £258 to £150. Meltwater estimated savings to the industry to be at least £100m over the next three years, but the NLA questioned this figure.

The court rejected Meltwater’s submission that the fees should be ‘purely nominal’, and it also rejected calls that ‘headline only’ services should be treated differently.

PRCA chief executive Francis Ingham claimed that the PRCA had ‘won the battle’: ‘The savings we have achieved for the industry highlight how important it was that we stood up to this scheme.’

But NLA MD David Pugh also welcomed the decision as upholding ‘the principle and structure of our online licensing scheme’.

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