PR bodies agree on photocopy deal with NLA

PR agencies will have to pay 2p for every photocopy they systematically make of press cuttings from national and regional papers represented by the Newspaper Licensing Agency.

PR agencies will have to pay 2p for every photocopy they

systematically make of press cuttings from national and regional papers

represented by the Newspaper Licensing Agency.



The NLA, which will collect the money, agreed the formula with the PRCA

and IPR after months of negotiation. The PR bodies had threatened to

take the NLA to copyright tribunal in September but have now dropped the

case.



The PRCA and IPR had challenged the 2p charge, and had sought controls

over any future price increases. The NLA has not backed down over its 2p

charge, but has introduced price controls. Any increases to December

2000 will be tied to the retail price index. Discussions will be held in

September 2000 on any further increases .



The formula makes agencies pay a basic tariff, according to the number

of people they employ. The minimum tariff is pounds 80 a year for an

agency of five people or less. There will also be a supplementary charge

of 2p per copy for systematic photocopying of press cuttings. IPR

executive director John Lavelle described the deal as an ’honourable

draw’. ’It is half of what we were looking for,’ he said.



Leader, p9.



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