5th June 2014:
The Court of Justice of the European Union
(CJEU) today announced its opinion on the “temporary copying” exception in UK copyright law.
As we explained previously on this blog all
other issues decided in the NLA’s favour remain unaffected. The result of
the case has no implications for the licences NLA media access issues for the
present web-monitoring services operated by Meltwater and other media
monitoring agencies; although it may in time lead service providers to create
new services which would operate under a different licensing regime.
The net economic effect of this judgment for
newspaper and magazine publishers should be neutral: end user clients who pay
for their current monitoring service still require a licence for the content
We are pleased that throughout these court
cases, which began in the High Court in 2010, the principle that publishers
should be fairly remunerated for use of their copyrighted content has been
The court cases have been critical in
confirming copyright principles. Now that these principles have been
established NLA will continue to work closely with Meltwater to supply them and
their clients with appropriate licences for their use of publisher
content. Negotiated commercial solutions
which recognise and meet the needs of all parties are the way forward.
Director, NLA media access
In May 2012 the Copyright Tribunal delivered its final decision in respect of the NLA's Wen End User Licensing Scheme. Read the joint NLA, PRCA and Meltwater Statement.
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