Editorial: NLA heads for PR showdown

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 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

hackles.



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.



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