Moves afoot at IPR to counter NLA’s copying charges

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 articles.

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

articles.



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.



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