This morning I received the following media release:
NLA HELPS MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS RECLAIM THEIR ROYALTIES WITH DEDICATED MICROSITE AND CONTENT MASTERCLASS
NLA media access, one of the UK’s media licensing agencies, is launching an awareness campaign to help UK magazine publishers claim historic and future royalties for use of their content.
The microsite will host a series of blog posts published as part of a ‘Content Masterclass’ over the first quarter of 2014, on topics from copyright and copying to royalties and rights management.
Drawing on expertise from veteran journalists and publishers including Elisabeth Ribbans and Brian MacArthur, the masterclass aims to:
• demystify the legal frameworks around copying;The NLA, which began life managing content licensing and data feeds for newspapers, paid out around £25m in royalties to newspapers in 2013. Last year, it was asked by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) to take on responsibility for royalty collection for magazine publishers. Following the PPA’s recommendation of the NLA to its members, over 150 publishers – over 40% of the market by value – have signed up with the NLA over the past nine months.
• explain how to safeguard content; and
• clarify publishers’ and authors’ rights.
However, there are still hundreds of smaller magazine publishers who are not signed up to receive royalties from companies copying their content.In case you've missed the point, or feel uncomfortable with the written word, this is the message which is encapsulated in a short, slick and not unenjoyable YouTube clip here.
David Pugh, Managing Director of NLA media access, comments,
“Many smaller publishers are focusing on creating great content for their readers, and are often not even aware that they could be generating an additional revenue stream from royalties. Every time a publisher’s content is used, republished on the internet, or supplied as a PDF clip to a PR company they are owed publishing royalties.To help magazine publishers understand how royalty collection and payments work, the NLA have set up a dedicated microsite at nla.co.uk/royalties, where a brief video shows how royalties are generated, FAQs should answer common queries, and there’s a contact form direct to the royalties team.
“It's difficult for smaller independent publishers to collect this money on their own. That is why organisations like NLA media access and the Publishers Licensing Society exist to help complete the process quickly and efficiently.”
To learn more, get in touch with the NLA, or to sign up for the masterclass posts, visit nla.co.uk/royalties.
This blogger notes how positively pitched this media release is. You will find no mention of words like "infringe(ment)", "liable" or "damages". What a far cry from the 1990s, when the NLA was quite a bossy-boots. Some of us may still remember the days when even a telephone request to the NLA for information would not be dealt with unless the caller gave his or her name and that of the company or organisation for which that person worked, and when trainee solicitors phoning the NLA were advised to call from public call-boxes so that their number, and therefore their affiliation, could not be traced.