Influencing policy

We work with UK Government, Parliament, the European Commission, European Parliament and international bodies to positively influence public policy and legislation. Our work covers a wide range of issues including copyright, digital, enforcement and international trade. We work closely with other industry and sector bodies as well as support direct member engagement with policy makers.


On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. It is too early to predict the nature of the relationship between the UK and the EU post-Brexit although as 60% of PRS for Music international income is from Europe, the future trading relationship will be important to members.

Copyright and the Transfer of Value

"Transfer of Value" is a term used to describe the way in which the value of creative works has transferred away from the creators of those works to the platforms which host and monetise them.


Our research has been used to inform debate and decision-making at a national and global level. It also helps to inform our own work, highlighting the areas where we need to direct our development and focus our strategy. 

Stream-ripping Research

Together with the Intellectual Property Office, we jointly commissioned two separate studies by INCOPRO and Kantar Media to better understand stream-ripping and its impact on the UK market and online consumer behaviour.

Creator Voice programme

Our joint project with BASCA, gives songwriters and composers a place in the discussions that shape music copyright policy and law.

European Digital Single Market Strategy

Digital technologies have radically changed the way creative content is produced, distributed and accessed. In September 2016, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market copyright reform package, setting out proposals to modernise the current copyright framework to better fit the digital age.

Promoting Standards of Collective Management 

In 2013 the European Commission introduced their Proposal for a Directive on Collective Rights Management with the overarching intention to improve the way in which collective rights management organisations operate through the provision of long-term legislative solutions.

Working with the industry

We recognise that significant change is achieved through collective effort so as a member of UK Music, we collaborate with other organisations to protect music. We also connect beyond this group, as members of various networks. 

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