The IPR and PRCA have rejected the Newspaper Licensing
Agency’s proposed licences for the copying of press cuttings as
’inappropriate and excessive’.
In a letter to its members the IPR set out guidelines for dealing
with the NLA’s proposals to licence the copying of cuttings.
After seeking legal advice the IPR told members it disagreed with
the method of licensing and will consider referring the terms of
the proposed licence to the Copyright Tribunal, if it doesn’t
manage to reach an agreement with the NLA.
The IPR advised members that negotiations with the NLA should be
opened by ’reserving their position’. It claims that copying
newspaper articles may not be an infringement of copyright law in
’If you are only making copies for the purpose of research,
criticism or review, or reporting of current events, we have been
advised that you do not require a licence.’ said Quentin
Rappoport, chairman of the IPR working party.
As PR Week went to press, Rappoport met with the NLA’s chief
executive Anthony Rentoul, but failed to reach an agreement.
PR agencies applying for an NLA licence had until today (27
March) to take advantage of the NLA’s offer to waive any claim to
royalties prior to 1 January (PR Week, 28 February).