Collecting societies
Collecting societies

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Collecting societies
  • Who owns the copyright?
  • Collecting society and CMO—legal status
  • Copyright collecting societies in the UK
  • Benefits of membership for copyright owners
  • Disadvantages for rights holders/users
  • Benefits and disadvantages for licensees
  • Disputes with collecting societies and CMOs
  • Improved regulation of collecting societies
  • UK regulation of collecting societies and CMOs
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.

Collecting societies, also referred to as licensing bodies, offer rights holders a way of collectively licensing and enforcing their copyright in situations where it would be impractical for them to police use of their own works. A Collective Management Organisation (CMO) is a type of collecting society which grants rights on behalf of multiple rights holders in a single blanket licence obtained for a single payment. Generally speaking, rights holders will join a CMO as members and instruct it to license rights on their behalf.

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