London,
10
March
2010

Copyright tribunal rejects NLA challenge

London, 15 March 2010 - The Copyright Tribunal last month heard an application by the NLA, challenging the right for Meltwater and the PRCA to oppose the NLA digital licence before the Copyright Tribunal . The Copyright Tribunal ruled in favour of the PRCA and Meltwater, and ordered the NLA to pay our costs. The Tribunal also fixed a timeframe for the trial. There will be another procedural hearing in June 2010 before the trial begins in February 2011. The UKMAA is also now involved in the process, however no other professional bodies have intervened.

Richard Ellis, PRCA communications director welcomed the Tribunal's decision: “We are delighted by this initial ruling and look forward to hearing the Tribunal's detailed reasoning. It is over a year until the trial begins in earnest and in the meantime we will continue to lobby both the Government and the opposition to highlight our objections to the NLA's proposal.”

-ENDS-

About the PRCA

The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies and in-house communications teams.

  • The Association exists to raise standards in PR and to help members be better organisations.
  • The Association has grown by more than 50% over the past two years.
  • Founded in 1969, the PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations consultancy.
  • PRCA consultancy members differentiate themselves from other PR consultancies by achieving the Consultancy Management
  • Standard (CMS), a professional accreditation that has been adopted by PR agencies in more than 15 countries around the world.
  • All PRCA member organisations are bound by a Professional Charter and Codes of Conduct.

As part of its commitment to excellence in PR, the PRCA carries out a number of functions:

  • PR training and qualification: the PRCA organises a range of bespoke, in-house & online courses as well as general training and qualifications. Course subjects range from: how to write a press release: to how to manage your agency.
  • Find A PR Agency: this free service, no obligation service helps clients find a reputable PR consultancy for their brief.
  • Industry surveys: the PRCA undertakes a number of surveys every year including the most comprehensive benchmark of industry performance.
  • Networking and best practice groups: the PRCA organises a number of groups to help members stay ahead of industry trends and raise general industry issues.
  • Promotes the value of PR and the need for standards: the PRCA provides a strong voice on a range of issues relating to PR.
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