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18 May 2008

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The links below should help you find the information you need about copyright. If there is anything you can't find, just contact us. The first website listed is a good starting point.

British Music Rights (BMR)
An umbrella organization representing the interests of composers, songwriters and music publishers. The following 4 organisations are the key members of BMR:

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
The recognised trade association for the UK songwriting and composing community

Music Publishers Association
Working for music publishers in the UK. Key tool for tracking copyright holders for printed music with clear and useful FAQs for arranging or reproducing printed music. Please note - we hold a reference copy of the full MPA Catalogue on CD in ExploreMusic - so no need to ring that premium rate number to search for copyright holders!

Performing Right Society
Collects licence fees for the public performance and broadcast of musical works

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society
Collects and distributes 'mechanical' royalties generated from the recording of music onto many different formats.

Other useful UK websites include:

BBC How to... Copyright
Step by step guide to copyright for those working in the commercial music industry

British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
The British record industry's trade association, representing thousands of British record companies

Pro Music
Promoting and Protecting Music Online plus more of those useful FAQs

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centres: UK & Ireland Branch
IAML (UK & Irl) exists to represent the interests of music librarians and libraries throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland

Performing Artists' Media Rights Association (PAMRA)
Collecting society for performers

International Links

IFPI Copyright information representing the recording industry worldwide

WIPO collection of laws for electronic access
Provides access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property




Related Information

Proposed changes to copyright law
The UK Intellectual Property Office has proposed changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988 to allow people to copy CDs to MP3 players for personal use.

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