News monitoring agencies to pay royalties

2012-03-06 10:34

Johannesburg - A new copyright licence will see news monitoring agencies paying royalties for all the material they replicate, according to a report on Tuesday.

The licence - launched by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Dalro) last month - was brought on behalf of newspaper and magazine publishers, The Business Day reported.

This will increase the costs that companies pay for data gathered for marketing and business intelligence.

"This will bring the South African media monitoring industry in line with international standards of copyright compliance because essentially the media monitoring business model uses copyright material," said Dalro business development manager Sarah-Jane Bosch.

She would not elaborate on how much the licence and subsequent royalties would add to publishers' coffers.

Monitoring agencies are opposed to the Media Monitoring Organisation Licence and have appealed for an annual blanket fee.

  • Zip - 2012-03-06 11:19

    news belongs to the people, not the profiteers.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-06 12:02

    Agree with Bongani

  • Moss - 2012-03-06 12:13

    What about YFM 99.2,they take news from new24 and read to their listerners.

  • SAMusic - 2012-03-06 12:39

    Please read again this is for new monitoring services e.g. you have a company or event, they monitor the press on your behalf if you company, event etc, is mentioned and in what context.

  • Kraken - 2012-03-06 12:42

    People should just think carefully on this. Information flow will be affected greatly. The increase of availability of information is crucial in our modern world. It might be a "nice to have" right now, but the free flow of information will be the backbone of the future. Did you know that the amount of information we read in the news in one week, is more than a person would have accumulated in an entire lifetime in the 18th century?

      Sam - 2012-03-06 13:29

      How will this affect the 'flow of information'? The news sites aren't 'news monitoring agencies' - and they already pay their dues to the likes of SAPA and Reuters, etc.

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