John Lavelle, executive director of the IPR, has said its new
Newspaper Licensing Agency working party may fight for a change in the
law which allows organisations to be charged for copying press
Lavelle was speaking after the formal launch of the IPR group, which is
chaired by Quentin Rappoport, who left BT in January after almost two
years as a contract senior public affairs adviser.
’Lobbying for a change in the law is one possibility but it may become
just one aspect of the working party’s activity. We are still in an
embryonic form,’ he stressed.
The launch follows a year of rumbling discontent from the PR industry
about the NLA and its enforcement of charges.
The new working party, which held its first meeting last week, has
pledged to examine the NLA’s legal case within current copyright laws;,
to assess whether certain PR sectors should be exempted from charges; to
advise PR professionals on handling the NLA and to engage in dialogue
with the NLA.