The Newspaper Licensing Agency has put its fees for press cuttings agencies up by 20 per cent. Prices are set to rise on 1 January 2001 to 2.5p per copy.
In 1998, the IPR and PRCA won agreements from the agency that it would not put fees up by more than the Retail Price Index - but that finishes in December 2000.
Anthony Rentoul, NLA chief executive, said the increase brought charges in line with the Copyright Licensing Agency. He said: 'We see no reason why newspaper cuttings should be charged at a lower rate. We consulted with the PRCA and the IPR about our tariff for 2001, and neither voiced any objection.'
Colin Farrington, IPR director general , said: 'We were informed of what the NLA was going to do, and saw little point in making a representation, particularly in light of the Marks and Spencer case.' M&S won an appeal against the NLA's charges, but the NLA is now appealing to the House of Lords (PR Week, 9 June).
One source told PR Week: 'The NLA doesn't need anyone's agreement to put fees up - it's not regulated by anyone.'