Agencies go to tribunal with NLA licence dispute

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.

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

involved.’



The NLA last week issued a High Court writ against Marks and Spencer,

seeking an injunction to restrain it from copying newspaper cuttings

without permission.



Letters, p9.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.