FT.com launches press clippings service

The Financial Times has launched an online press cuttings service as the Newspaper Licensing Agency has ceased issuing new licences for digital images and scans of FT articles.

The new service, which is hosted on FT.com, enables users to search and view digital images of FT articles as they appeared in the newspaper.

The service has been developed to support the extension of the FT’s digital licence to include images of newspaper articles previously licensed by the NLA.

The FT said its content will be accessible through FT.com, as well as media monitoring services, press cuttings agencies and news aggregation services

Press cuttings will form part of the FT.com “metered” access model, where registered users can access up to ten articles per month at no cost and unlimited access to articles through premium or corporate subscription.

“Many of our 800 corporate customers have asked for the ability to search for FT newspaper articles,” said Caspar de Bono, managing director of FT’s B2B operations.

“This new functionality is in direct response to their request. It is also being launched in advance of the NLA licensing changes: as of 1 July 2010, the NLA will cease issuing new licences for digital images or scanning of FT articles.”

He continued: “We have worked closely with the NLA and Press Cutting Agencies to implement this change.”

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