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UK creators promote licensing and caution against exceptions 

4 December 2012

The Government is today being urged to reconsider impending changes to copyright law which would seriously restrict the ability of British creators and copyright holders to license and earn revenue from their rights. 

Organisations representing a wide section of UK creators and businesses including art, music, film, TV, print and publishing, today argue that the broad scope of potential copyright exceptions expected to be announced later this month by the Intellectual Property Office, will damage both economic and cultural growth.

Instead this group supports an alternative proposal Licensing UK that supports creators’ rights to license businesses where value is being created. The proposal has been sent to Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the IPO in advance of the policy decision being finalised.

More information about Licensing UK can be found at: www.prsformusic.com/licensingUK

Supporting Licensing UK are:

Association of Independent Music (AIM)  Music www.musicindie.com
 Artists Collecting Society  Art  www.artistscollectingsociety.org
 Bridgeman Art Library  Art   www.bridgemanart.com
 British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)   Music   www.basca.org.uk
 British Equity Collecting Society  Performers   www.equitycollecting.org.uk/
 British Phonographic Industry (BPI)  Music   www.bpi.co.uk
 British Video Association (BVA)  Audio-visual   www.bva.org.uk
 Copyright Licensing Agency  Cross Sector   www.cla.co.uk
 Creators Rights Alliance   Cross Sector


 Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)  Art & Design


 Directors UK  Audio-visual   www.directors.uk.com
 Educational Recording Agency (ERA)  Education   www.era.org.uk
 Equity   Performers   www.equity.org.uk
 Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)  Music   www.ism.org
 Music Producers Guild (MPG)   Music   www.mpg.org.uk
 Music Publishers Association (MPA)  Music   www.mpaonline.org.uk
 Musicians' Union   Music   www.musiciansunion.org.uk
 Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA)  Print   www.nla.co.uk
 PPL   Music   www.ppluk.com
 PRS for Music   Music   www.prsformusic.com
 The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)   Writers and Authors   www.alcs.co.uk
 Publishers Licensing Society   Publishers   www.pls.org.uk
  UK Music  Music   www.ukmusic.org


Notes to editors:

  • A Policy Statement from the IPO is excepted before the end of the year 
  • The statement will outline the Government’s preferred options in response to its ‘Consultation on Copyright, which lasted from December 2011 to March 2012. Some of the copyright exceptions currently under consideration include the following:
  1. Private copying
  2. Use of works for education
  3. Widening exceptions related to the right of public performance
  4. Creating an new exception for parody and pastiche
  5. Text and data mining for research

The full consultation document is available to read here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/consult-2011-copyright.pdf


  • Intellectual property and copyright is under discussion at four different events across the UK on Tuesday 4th December:
  1. The Alliance for Intellectual Property Conference
  2. UK Music is giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
  3. An All Party Parliamentary Writers Group meets at the House of Commons
  4. The British Copyright Council is launching its "principles of best practice" for collecting societies at the Supreme Court

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