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AIP(The Alliance for Intellectual Property)

AIP's objective is to raise public and political awareness of copyright and trade mark issues so that intellectual property is highly valued by everyone from consumers to manufacturers, and to ensure as a result that copyright theft is treated as seriously as other theft.

AIM (Association of Independent Music) 

A trade organisation for new and established independent record companies.  AIM negotiates with the industry and government on issues affecting its members and collects and disseminates information.

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

American performing right collecting society representing over 120,000 U.S. composers, songwriters and publishers.  ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organisation created and controlled by writers and publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from its membership.

BARB (Broadcasters' Audience Research Board) 

Responsible for providing estimates of the number of people watching television.  This includes which channels and programmes are being watched, at what time, and the type of people who are watching at any one time.  BARB provides television audience data on a minute-by-minute basis for channels received within the UK. 

BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) 

The independent union for those working in broadcasting, film theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the UK.  Back to top

BIMA (British Interactive Media Association)

Trade association representing the diverse interests of the UK interactive industry.  Whether a large software house or an up-and-coming developer, working online or on disc-based media, and education of business, all BIMA members share a common goal: to exchange information and advice on technology, application and business of new media, and to promote the use of interactive technology to business and the public. 

BPI (The British Phonographic Industry) 

Industry association which is a non profit making body formed by manufacturers, producers and sellers of gramophone records, pre-recorded tapes and CDs in the UK, to protect and advance interests common to them. 

BSC (The Broadcasting Standards Commission)

The role of this organisation has been subsumed into Ofcom, the Office of Communications.

BVA (The British Video Association)

The trade organisation for Video Publishers,  BVA offers a number of services to its members, the trade, government and political researchers, media contacts and anyone with an interest in the video business.


A PPL sponsored initiative to create a track level database providing a "one stop drop" for Record Industry sound recording data requirements.  CatCo is an efficient electronic means of sending your new release data to PPL now and to MCPS in the near future, thus replacing the existing manual RRF process.  The data held on the CatCo database is the UK's commercially released sound recordings and therefore all Record Companies in the UK need to sign up to it.

CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International)

A licensing body which aims to establish a strong communication network serving the Body of Christ, which enables the dispensing of comprehensive and valuable informational, inspirational resources, both primary and secondary in origination.  The website provides comprehensive information on the use of music for Christian worship.

CEFM (The Centre for Education and Finance Management)

CEFM administer a number of education licenses, running helplines and acting as collection agents for PRS and Filmbank's Public Video Screening Licence, which allows schools to show movies for non-curricular use. 

CLA  (Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd)

UK reproduction rights organisation issuing licences, within limitations, to copy extracts from most books, journals and periodicals published in the UK and certain publications in other countries.

CRCA (The Commercial Radio Companies Association)

The trade body for commercial radio companies in the UK.  It is a voluntary, non profit making body which formally represents the interests of the UK commercial radio industry in negotiations with organisations such as PRS, MCPS and PPL.  The CRCA is joint owner, with the BBC, of RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd), itself a key organisation in the UK radio industry.

DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport)

Responsible for government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment.


The first alliance of digital media and technology companies in Europe, representing the interests of new media entrepreneurs in policymaking, standards developments and industry co-operative activities, through comprehensive information about the potential for economic and artistic development and growth in the new digital industries.

UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment)

A membership organisation representing all companies concerned with the publishing and distribution of interactive leisure and entertainment software.  ELSPA works to promote the interests of all its members as well as addressing issues that affect the industry as a whole.

ERA (Educational Recording Agency)

Obtaining an ERA licence allows an educational establishment to record, for educational purposes, any radio or television broadcasts and cable output of ERA's members.

FACT ( Federation Against Copyright Theft)

An investigative organisation funded by major British and US film, video and TV companies to combat counterfeiting, piracy and misuse of their copyright products. 

Filmbank Distributors Ltd

Owned by AOL Time Warner and Columbia TriStar, Filmbank are the main non-theatrical distributor in the U.K. representing many of the major film companies, Filmbank provide licensing for persons/companies wishing to show films outside cinemas and the home, other than where an exception applies (such as certain educational uses).  


A UK business association that offers a "one stop shop" for providing help and advice on electronic commerce to UK organisations at large, including the issuing of barcodes.

IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)

International organisation representing  1300 record producers in over 70 countries around the world. 

IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising)

The trade body and professional institute for leading agencies in the UK's advertising, media and marketing communications industry, covering the creative, direct marketing, healthcare, media, new media outdoor, sales promotion and sponsorship sectors. 

ISBA (The Incorporated Society of British Advertisers)

Representing the interests of UK advertisers in all areas of marketing communications, including TV advertising, new media, press, radio, outdoor, direct marketing, sponsorship and sales promotion, ISBA's remit is to help its members to advertise as effectively, efficiently and economically as possible. 

ITC (The Independent Television Commission)

ceased to exist from 18 December 2003 and its duties have been assumed by Ofcom, the Office of Communications.  

MIDEM (International Music Market)

Probably the best known of the annual music industry trade shows, MIDEM gathers representatives from all ends of the business from around the world for five days of total music immersion (usually held in Cannes, France at the end of January). 

MU (The Musicians' Union)

The largest musicians' trade union in Europe.  Through its activities, the MU seeks to improve the status of musicians and obtain better rates of payment for them whilst protecting both their statutory and contractual rights.

Ofcom (Office of Communications)

The regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services.  Ofcom exists to further the interests of citizen-consumers as the communications industries enter the digital age.  It merges the functions of five former regulatory bodies, the Independent Television Authority (ITC), the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC), the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel), the Radio Authority (RAu) and the Radiocommunications Agency (RA).

PACT (The Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television)

The UK trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies. 

PAMRA (Performing Artists' Media Rights Association)

See PPL.

PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd)

The UK record industry collecting society.  It administers broadcasting and public performance rights in the sound recordings of its record company members.  The money is then paid on to record companies and performers. 

The Radio Authority

The Radio Authority ceased to exist on 29 December 2003 and its duties were assumed by Ofcom, the Office of Communications.

RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd)

is jointly owned by the BBC and CRCA and undertakes extensive research relating to radio audiences - who listens to what, where and when?  Data gathered by RAJAR via surveys and analysis is fundamental to the operation of all radio broadcasters.  For example the calculation of advertising rates for commercial radio is based on audience figures supplied by RAJAR, and PRS licensing rates are calculated as a proportion of advertising revenue.


Responsible for intellectual property in the UK: copyright, designs patents and trade marks.

VPL (Video Performance Ltd)

A  non-profit making membership organisation which administers the broadcast, public performance and dubbing rights in short form music videos.  Membership of VPL is free, and any company or individual who owns the audio-visual copyright in a short form music video is eligible to join. 

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