The Newspaper Licensing Agency is being taken to the Copyright
Tribunal for the first time in a joint action by press cuttings agencies
Durrants and Romeike and Curtice.
Jonathan Shepherd, marketing director at Durrants, said: ’We are not
disputing that there is a copyright issue, but we feel the contract
which they are asking us to sign is unreasonable. They want access to
client lists, to our accounts and to the premises.’
Shepherd said Durrants had been paying two pence for every copy it
makes, but objected to the terms of the licence.
The NLA issues licences permitting the photocopying of newspaper
cuttings and has become involved in a bitter wrangle with the PR
industry over licence terms.
Guy MacNaughton, managing director of the NLA, defended the NLA’s
request for company’s accounts, saying: ’It affords some insight into a
company’s credit worthiness, which is important given the sums
The NLA last week issued a High Court writ against Marks and Spencer,
seeking an injunction to restrain it from copying newspaper cuttings