NLA Media Access is the UK press copy licensing service. It is a private company subject to regulation only under copyright legislation.
All organisations copying material from national and regional newspapers for internal use need to buy a licence. This includes photocopying press clippings for internal and client distribution. A list of publications covered by NLA Media Access is available on its website.
If a company or person copies a clipping and distributes by fax or email, they must also pay for a licence.
Under the Limitation Act 1980, NLA Media Access can collect Licence Fees for up to six years past unlicensed copying (the 'full' indemnity). This is compulsory for organisations that have copied newspapers before taking out a licence. It covers all copying that has taken place for 6 or more years.
The NLA Media Access scheme involves different licensing categories depending on the type of organisation to which you belong. These are:
- Public Relations
- Professional Partnership
- Educational Establishment
- Media Monitoring Agencies.
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) allows individuals to make a single copy of "reasonable proportion". This applies to a single article from a particular issue of a newspaper for private study and research.
For more information, visit the NLA website.