The IPR and PRCA have decided to take the Newspaper Licensing
Authority to the Copyright Tribunal. We should not be surprised that the
dispute has now arrived at this point.
The NLA’s refusal to negotiate with the PR industry on the manner in
which charges are levied has been at the root of the problem. The PR
industry has no quarrel with the right of publishers to protect their
copyright and charge for reproduction of copyright material. But the
NLA’s intransigent attitude to negotiations was guaranteed to raise
The NLA’s position has strengthened in recent weeks, now that only major
newspaper publisher not previously in its ranks, News International, has
joined it. Nevertheless, this monopoly does not justify the bullying
methods it routinely employs. If anything it makes it worse.