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
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
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.