IPR makes final stand on copying charges

The IPR and PRCA have rejected the Newspaper Licensing Agency’s proposed licences for the copying of press cuttings as ’inappropriate and excessive’.

The IPR and PRCA have rejected the Newspaper Licensing

Agency’s proposed licences for the copying of press cuttings as

’inappropriate and excessive’.



In a letter to its members the IPR set out guidelines for dealing

with the NLA’s proposals to licence the copying of cuttings.



After seeking legal advice the IPR told members it disagreed with

the method of licensing and will consider referring the terms of

the proposed licence to the Copyright Tribunal, if it doesn’t

manage to reach an agreement with the NLA.



The IPR advised members that negotiations with the NLA should be

opened by ’reserving their position’. It claims that copying

newspaper articles may not be an infringement of copyright law in

all instances.



’If you are only making copies for the purpose of research,

criticism or review, or reporting of current events, we have been

advised that you do not require a licence.’ said Quentin

Rappoport, chairman of the IPR working party.



As PR Week went to press, Rappoport met with the NLA’s chief

executive Anthony Rentoul, but failed to reach an agreement.



PR agencies applying for an NLA licence had until today (27

March) to take advantage of the NLA’s offer to waive any claim to

royalties prior to 1 January (PR Week, 28 February).



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