PR bodies take legal action against the NLA

The IPR and PRCA are taking legal action against the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) over what they see as unreasonable charges for licences to photocopy cuttings and the NLA’s exploitation of its monopoly situation.

The IPR and PRCA are taking legal action against the Newspaper

Licensing Agency (NLA) over what they see as unreasonable charges for

licences to photocopy cuttings and the NLA’s exploitation of its

monopoly situation.



An IPR and PRCA working party, formed in January, has taken legal advice

and will put its case before the Copyright Tribunal, which regulates the

issuing of copyright licences.



John Lavelle, executive director of the IPR, said: ’The statement of our

case is based on the wholly excessive cost of two pence a copy and the

ad hoc way charges are based on the number of employees in an

organisation.’



The IPR claimed that the NLA would not negotiate over suggested

amendments to the issuing of licenses.



However, Anthony Rentoul, chief executive of the NLA said: ’Last July,

we gave full and careful explanations to the IPR to try to dispel its

misconceptions about the NLA’s scheme. It has not responded to our

request that it should tell what amendments it wants.’



The tribunal hearing is expected to be in six months’ time. The NLA

intends to defend its scheme.



Leader, p9.



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