NLA media access
NLA media access (often shortened to the NLA) is the collecting society for UK newspapers, a privately owned limited company. It undertakes collective rights management on behalf of its members and licenses companies, such as press cuttings agencies and media monitoring firms.
The NLA was founded in 1996 by the following eight UK national newspaper publishers, who are equal shareholders:
- Associated Newspapers
- Financial Times
- Guardian Media Group
- Independent News & Media
- Northern and Shell
- News International
- Daily Telegraph
- Trinity Mirror
NLA media access distributes over £22m each year to national and regional newspapers in respect of copyright works. In 2009 NLA media access licensed over 1000m copies of newspaper cuttings from more than 1,400 titles and collected licence fees from over 8300 licensees (representing over 150,000 organisations).
In 2006 the NLA launched eClips, an online database of newspaper cuttings. In 2008, it launched ClipSearch, allowing anyone to search and retrieve original newspaper articles from around the UK, updated 72 hours after publication. In 2009, it introduced Newspapers for Schools, to encourage and ease the access of newspaper material to schools throughout the UK. NLA media access also supports the Journalism Diversity Fund which provides bursaries to students from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds looking to train as journalists.http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/
Newspaper Websites - 2010
In January 2010, NLA media access extended its licensing scheme to include newspaper website material. They also announced the development of eClips Web - an online database of newspaper website material. Licensing applies to paid for media monitoring services who supply online newspaper content and their respective clients. Operating under licence means that organisations are protected from copyright infringement and publishers earn royalties for use of the content they have invested in creating. The majority of media monitoring agencies have signed up for the new NLA web licence with the exception of Meltwater Group who in conjunction with the PRCA have referred the scheme to the Copyright Tribunal. In May 2010 the NLA announced action in the High Court and on 26 November the High Court ruled in favour of the NLA. The case was appealed and heard by the UK's Court of Appeal in June 2011. They upheld the decision in the High Court case and gave a clear declaration that most (if not all) businesses subscribing to a media monitoring service that contains content from online newspapers require a licence.
- High Court rules against Meltwater and PRCA Communicate magazine, November 2010
http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/537407.php PRCA promotes misleading view in copyright link debate
UK press cuttings agencies include:
- Press Data Ltd
- Presswatch (now part of TNS Media Intelligence)
- TNS Media Intelligence