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NLA vs Meltwater: CJEU issue ‘temporary copying’ decision

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 they receive.  

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 upheld.

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.

David Pugh

Managing Director, NLA media access


About NLA media access

NLA media access is a publisher owned organisation that protects the publishing industry's copyright through collective licensing.   NLA represents the rights of 1,400 national, regional and foreign newspapers, over 1000 magazines and 1,100 + websites.

NLA media access grants permission to organisations to copy from an extensive range of newspapers, magazines and websites and provides database services to both media monitoring agencies and publishers. In 2013 NLA media access paid over £26m in royalties to represented publishers.

For more information:

Contact NLA Managing Director David Pugh, dpugh@nla.co.uk or call 0207 332 9351. 

You can also contact our media adviser Andrew May Andrew.May@theopen-road.com  or call 020 3542 1119

Further Information on NLA

Annual Report 2013

Background on the NLA V Meltwater legal case