Appeal to MP David Lammy over Newspaper Licensing Agency row

The CIPR will take its case to David Lammy MP to fight controversial plans put forward by the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) earlier this year to charge for web content.

Appeal: taken to David Lammy MP
Appeal: taken to David Lammy MP

CIPR president Kevin Taylor has written to Lammy, the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, to request a meeting to discuss the NLA and its enforcement of newspaper copyright.

The NLA revealed plans in June to extend its licensing remit to cover newspaper websites (PRWeek, 23 June).

The PR industry reacted angrily to the plans, with PRCA director general Francis Ingham branding them ‘outrageous’.

Last month, the PRCA issued a statement signed by news monitoring firms Meltwater News, New Media Intelligence, NewsNow and Updatum, stating that the NLA had ‘no legal basis’ for demanding that companies sign up to the licence.

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