The extended licensing remit will cover local and national newspapers' web content.
The NLA is also launching a business-to-business clippings database for newspaper websites which will launch in January 2010. The new service, called eClips web, will offer a feed of newspapers' online content direct to cuttings aggregators and press cuttings agencies.
‘We have two aims: to contribute to the growth of web monitoring; and to protect the rights of publishers,' said NLA MD David Pugh. ‘Research shows that 23 per cent of newspapers' online content never appears in print and that the internet is growing in influence as a resource for news. So it is vital to have comprehensive monitoring coverage of newspapers' websites and vital that the publishers are properly rewarded for their work.'
From September 2009, web aggregators that charge clients for their services will require a NLA licence and be charged from January 2010. The press cuttings agencies that either ‘scrape' content themselves or buy in services from aggregators will also be licensed and charged. Client companies that receive and forward links from these commercial aggregators within their organisation will also require a licence.
Pugh added: ‘We have consulted extensively across the industry and the incremental charges for web cuttings will be low and manageable. I stress this is not about individuals sharing links as we think that's great for newspapers and promotes their websites and their readership. What we are doing is making sure that newspapers are rewarded fairly for professional use of their web content by businesses.'