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Web content and licensing - PDLN seminar

Licensing, supplying and protecting web content remains a challenge for many PDLN members. Most licensing is still of PDF copies of web pages, and the legal and business environment on licensing links is not as clear as it should be (despite the GSI media case). The PDLN seminar hosted by CFC in Paris in November demonstrated strong interest in the topic with over 20 attendees from UK, Belgium, France, Austria, Netherlands and Spain attending, plus guest from Norway and France. CFC technical partners demonstrated software that identifies and blocks web scrapers, which represents a potential approach to protection and encouragement of licensed services. Opoint Technologies explained how web scraping works and how they work with MMOs and publishers to address paywall issues. Les Echoes, CFC, NLA, CLA, Belga set out their web licensing and data approaches. Presentations are available to PDLN members on the PDLN site. 


France and Germany link licences

A new  agreement between CFC and PMG allows PMG to represent CFC publications in their licences for the media monitoring market. The agreement also includes the delivery of the French national newspapers, news magazines and main professional periodicals to the PMG platform.

Sandra Chastanet of CFC said “CFC is delighted to enable a legal use of French content to German MMOs and End Users through PMG licences. CFC is striving to establish cooperation with sister organizations to facilitate access to international content. There are now 7 countries where digital use of French content is available through local licensing organisations”. Welcoming the new agreement a PMG spokesman said “We are very pleased to have finalized the cooperation-agreement with CFC and be able to add valuable French content to our MMO and direct services. PMG’s international media panel is now covering content from 36 countries with emphasis on 7 European countries.”

PMG also announced it has extended its existing cooperation with CEDRO and added the following Spanish quality newspapers and economic journals to its database: Cinco Días, El Mundo, El País, Expansión, La Vanguardia and ABC. PMG is also offering scanning rights for more than 150 Spanish publications.

PDLN 2018 Conference - Dates Agreed June 3-5th

PDLN will be in London June 3-5th 2018 for its annual conference. Hold the date. Our venue is the Crypt, an 18th century church in Clerkenwell. Speakers will be announced in the New Year. 


About PDLN

PDLN aims to protect and promote the interest of publishers in media monitoring services. Its members seek to encourage the development of simple, efficient market solutions to the supply and use of press information internationally. PDLN works to share best practice in licensing and supply and to create forums for content owners and users to come together to solve the challenges of improving these services. The Press Database and Licensing Network (PDLN) is an association representing organisations owned or controlled by publishers who license or supply newspaper, magazine and website material for media monitoring, press cutting and press review services. PDLN was founded in 2008 and has grown rapidly. It now has 26 members in 23 countries.