The Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) is extending its licensing remit to cover newspaper websites from next year. The extended licensing remit will cover local and national newspapers' web content.
All media monitoring organisations - whether cuttings agencies or scraping services - will require a licence from September, with charging starting in January.
End users will also require a licence. This will mean both agencies and in-house teams that forward or receive links on a systematic basis. Individuals forwarding links will not need a licence.
The NLA is also launching a b2b clippings database for newspaper websites that will launch in January. The service, called eClips web, will offer a feed of newspapers' online content direct to aggregators and press cuttings agencies.
NLA MD David Pugh said: 'Research shows that 23 per cent of newspapers' online content never appears in print and that the internet is growing in influence as a news resource. So it is vital to monitor coverage of newspapers' websites and vital that the publishers are properly rewarded.'
The NLA is owned by the eight national newspaper publishing houses and generates b2b revenues for 1,300 publishers through licensing use of their content.