A message from the PRCA’s Director General:
I am delighted to be able to inform you that the European Court of Justice has just handed down the final ruling in our four-year legal case against the NLA.
The case, as you might recall, has been on one fundamental issue –the ability to distribute and access links to the freely-available web content provided by the national newspaper groups.
In bringing this case, we have worked in close partnership with Meltwater, whose resolve has been critical. Our two organisations have stood alone against the NLA in pursuing this case in the Copyright Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and now here in Luxembourg.
It is therefore my privilege to be able to say this –we have won. Ten minutes ago, the European Court ruled in our favour. In doing so, we have saved our industry many millions of pounds, and made copyright law across 28 member states.
This is a moment of great note for our industry. We could have just rolled over and accepted the NLA’s proposals, as other membership bodies did. Instead, we fought them every step of the way. In doing so, we did exactly what an industry body should do –we stood up for our industry.
We will now begin detailed negotiations to determine quite how this impacts on the NLA’s model, and quite how much money our members have been saved. And in those negotiations, we shall have the same degree of resolve as we have shown so far. But let’s be clear about this –today, the PRCA achieved victory in Europe over the NLA. And we are incredibly proud to have done so.
PRCA Chief Executive