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129.1 Background

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129 Extended collective licensing

129.1 Background

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 Section 77 introduced a new Section 116B into the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The section enables the Secretary of State to make regulations to provide for licensing bodies to be authorised to grant copyright licences in respect of works, the copyright in which is not owned by the licensing bodies or by anyone on whose behalf the bodies act (extended collective licensing or ‘ECL’).

Regulations have now been introduced, which came into effect on 1 October 20141. The intention underlying ECL is to help simplify licensing, with

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