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.