Other Agencies and Enforcement Bodies
Intellectual property rights exist in everything that we use, read, listen to or watch and these rights are supported and promoted by different agencies. If you know, or believe, that the intellectual property rights of any of the creative industries are being undermined, or you just want to know a bit more about what you can and can’t do, then please contact the relevant agency from the list below.
|Alliance for Intellectual Property (previously the Alliance Against IP Theft)||The Alliance promotes IP and the contribution it makes to all aspects of UK economic and cultural life. Members include representatives of the audiovisual, music, games and business software industries plus sports industries, branded manufactured goods, publishers, retailers and designers.|
|AntiCopying in Design (ACID)||AntiCopying in Design A membership trade organisation, for designers and manufacturers providing help, advice and support on IP to its members through IP awareness and education.|
|AntiCounterfeiting Group (ACG)||The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) campaigns against the trade in fake goods on behalf of consumers and legitimate business interests in partnership with government and law enforcement agencies.|
|British Recorded Music Industry (BPI)||The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. As a trade body they champion the interests of their membership which includes more than 300 independent music companies and the UK’s major record companies.|
|British Music Rights (BMR)||A subsidiary of UK Music.|
|British Copyright Council||The British Copyright Council was founded in 1965 to protect and promote the principles of copyright in the UK.|
They aim to provide an effective, authoritative and representative voice for the copyright community, and to encourage greater understanding and acceptance of copyright in the UK and around the world.
|BSA | The Software Alliance||BSA | The Software Alliance is a nonprofit trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners. It is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, BSA is active in more than 80 countries, with dedicated staff in 11 offices around the globe.|
|Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)||The CLA licences organisations to copy and re-use extracts from print and digital publications on the behalf of the rights owners; authors, publishers and visual arts.|
With few exceptions an organisation which copies or distributes extracts, articles or cuttings from print or digital magazines, books, journals, online publications or websites is likely to require a licence.
|Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)||FACT works closely with statutory law enforcement agencies to combat all forms of film, tv and sports broadcasting piracy and its members include global and UK film distributors, TV broadcasters and sport rights owners. It works in three key areas: online piracy, hard goods piracy and prevention and detection of illegal recordings of films.|
|International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)||The IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide and their mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate. |
|Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN)||IPAN is a network of professional and business organisations with a shared interest in improving general awareness and understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights.|
|Intellectual Property Office (IPO)||The Intellectual Property Office is part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. |
They promote innovation by providing a clear, accessible and widely understood IP system which enables the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.
|Music Publishers Association (MPA)||The Music Publishers Association exists to safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them and to represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public.|
|MCPS-PRS Alliance||Now known as PRS for Music|
|Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)||PPL licences recorded music played in public and broadcast on radio, television and the internet. |
|PRS for Music (prev Performing Right Society)||A society of songwriters, composers and music publishers. They license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. They promote and protect the value of copyright.|
|Publishers Licensing Society (PLS)||The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) was established in 1981 by the UK publishing industry. Its role is to facilitate licensing solutions for educational establishments, public bodies and businesses that copy from text based copyright material published in print and digital formats.|
|Publishers Association (PA)||The Publishers Association (PA) is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK.|
|techUK (previously known as Intellect)||techUK is the voice of the UK's technology industry. They represent the views of industry to government and regulators and also provide opportunities for government and regulators to interact with industry on key policy and market issues.|
|UK Music (now a member of Alliance for Intellectual Property)||Members include:|
PRS for Music
UK Music is an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to major and independent record labels, managers, music publishers, studio producers and collecting societies.