CIPR ups pressure on the NLA’s eClips

The CIPR has turned up the heat in its row with the Newspaper Licensing Agency, describing it as ‘the militant wing of the Inland Revenue’.

At a CIPR Local Government Group event last Friday (3 February), head of PA Francis Ingham attacked the NLA as 'not willing to negotiate' over the introduction of its new business model and digital database eClips.

The CIPR believes eClips, which cuttings agencies will have to use instead of scanning newspapers for articles, will lead to higher prices, a lack of confidentiality and censorship.  The NLA insists eClips will improve efficiency and not hike prices.

NLA digital MD Andrew Hughes said: 'Our dialogue with other bodies indicates that the NLA will listen to professionally presented views, and that has resulted in a compromise on licensing and pricing.'

Ingham's comments follow the collapse last year of talks between the CIPR and NLA.  The CIPR later called for a government-controlled body to take over the NLA's remit of enforcing newspaper copyright law (PRWeek, 18 November 2005).

EClips is the subject of a PRWeek roundtable discussion for our 24 February issue.

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