CIPR congratulates the PRCA and Meltwater Group on gaining Supreme Court backing in NLA case

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has congratulated both the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and Meltwater Group on receiving the Supreme Court’s backing in their case against the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). The Supreme Court has supported the PRCA’s and Meltwater’s view that internet users should have the right to browse online without infringing copyright law.

The case has now been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for confirmation before the Supreme Court offers a final ruling.
The Supreme Court’s backing does not immediately affect CIPR members as until a ruling there will be no impact on current NLA web licences. The CIPR will update its NLA/CLA guidance for members in due course.

Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive
On behalf of the CIPR and our members I would like to thank the PRCA, who together with Meltwater Group have worked hard to secure this referral by of the Supreme Court. This case marks an important move forward in protecting UK internet users and modernising UK copyright law.
Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).