PR agencies will have to pay 2p for every photocopy they
systematically make of press cuttings from national and regional papers
represented by the Newspaper Licensing Agency.
The NLA, which will collect the money, agreed the formula with the PRCA
and IPR after months of negotiation. The PR bodies had threatened to
take the NLA to copyright tribunal in September but have now dropped the
The PRCA and IPR had challenged the 2p charge, and had sought controls
over any future price increases. The NLA has not backed down over its 2p
charge, but has introduced price controls. Any increases to December
2000 will be tied to the retail price index. Discussions will be held in
September 2000 on any further increases .
The formula makes agencies pay a basic tariff, according to the number
of people they employ. The minimum tariff is pounds 80 a year for an
agency of five people or less. There will also be a supplementary charge
of 2p per copy for systematic photocopying of press cuttings. IPR
executive director John Lavelle described the deal as an ’honourable
draw’. ’It is half of what we were looking for,’ he said.