NLA media access was established in 1996 by eight national newspaper companies to protect the industry's copyright through collective licensing.
We operate under the Copyright Designs and Patent Act, 1988, under UK law, and are referenced throughout the UK government’s webpages on copyright, for example https://www.gov.uk/newspaper-licensing-agency-business-licence.
Our role is to enable media monitoring agencies, PR consultancies and a range of client organisations to reproduce content with permission.
Prior to the establishment of NLA organisations had to negotiate copyright charges directly with publishers, which was time consuming and expensive.
The NLA portfolio has grown steadily since 1996 and now consists of thousands of printed and online titles.
With the introduction of the eClips database in 2006, we've improved our service to the media monitoring industry, by providing a higher quality alternative to scanning - enabling media monitoring agencies to offer a better service to their clients.
In 2014 more than 9,500 organisations rely on our annual licences, and 33 monitoring agencies in 10 countries use eClips database services.
Eighty per cent of our revenues are returned to the publishers to be invested back into the industry. NLA media access revenues are the equivalent of over 1000 jobs in journalism.
Your copyright licence helps the industry maintain the standards of journalism for which it is recognised across the globe.
Copyright is enshrined in law in the UK and worldwide. In the UK it follows the principles of the Copyright and Designs Patents Act 1988. You can read more about copyright on the UK government web pages created by the Intellectual Property Office here: The UK Intellectual Property Office.
NLA Media Access is one of several licensing bodies and collective management organisations (CMOs). A CMO is a licensing body which grants rights on behalf of multiple rights holders for a single payment. CMOs exist in many sectors such as music, film, photography, books, performer's rights and many others. NLA was set up by the UK national newspapers in 1996 to represent their copyrighted content, and we now also include regional newspapers and magazines in our repertoire of represented publishers.
If you are still unsure of the legitimacy of NLA, you can read more about all the UK CMOs, including NLA, on the government pages here: Licensing bodies and collective management organisations in the UK
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