The NLA threatens legal action for web aggregators ahead of new online charges

The Newspaper Licensing Agency has struck a deal with all but two press cutting agencies and web aggregators for licensing of paid-for business-to-business monitoring of web content.

NLA managing director: David Pugh
NLA managing director: David Pugh

The new NLA web licences will come into force on 1 January 2010. Free consumer services are not affected by these plans.

Two paid web aggregators have yet to agree terms with the NLA. The NLA remains hopeful agreement will be reached.

Newspaper publishers, which own the NLA, have written to the remaining aggregators to express their support for the NLA's initiative.

The letter makes clear that the publishers and NLA will pursue non-compliant aggregators with technical and/or legal measures as necessary.

NLA managing director David Pugh said: ‘We are delighted that the vast majority of the web monitoring industry recognises the clear endorsement of their paid services that this licence structure creates. The licences clarify that the use of content required for monitoring services has the publishers' full support. This legitimacy removes uncertainty over what is and is not allowed and encourages investment in new and better services by publishers and aggregators.'

The plans caused anger among PROs earlier this year when the move to license online content was announced (PRWeek, 23 June).

 

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