Here are list of organisations that are concerned with or related to copyright and the creative industries. The listing provides information on each of the organisations including a summary of their role, contact details and links to their websites. The information below has been provided by individual businesses.
The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrators’ rights and to encourage professional standards. Its membership includes freelance illustrators, illustration agents, clients, students and lecturers. The AOI provides professional advice for illustrators and presents an annual programme of events.2nd Floor, Back Building, 150 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR
Tel: 020 7613 4328
The AOP represents the interests of and aims to improve the rights of all professional photographers in the UK, as well as promoting the highest standards of work and practice across the industry.81 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS
Tel: 020 7739 6669
Fax: 020 7739 8707
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) represents the interests of all UK writers and aims to ensure writers are fairly compensated for any works that are copied, broadcast or recorded. Run by writers for writers, ALCS has distributed over £114 million to writers since its inception in 1977.The Writers’ House, 13 Haydon Street, London, EC3N 1DB
Tel: 020 7264 5700
Fax: 020 7264 5755
The Institute exists to protect the interests of dance notators.36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Tel: 020 7326 8031
Fax: 020 7326 8033
BACS represents the interests of music writers across all genres, providing advice on professional and artistic music matters.25-27 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR
Tel: 020 7636 2929
Fax: 020 7636 2212
BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and the largest organisation of its kind in the world. With over 400 member companies, it represents the vast majority of commercial picture libraries and agencies in the UK.
18 Vine Hill, London EC1R 5DZ
Tel: 020 7713 1780
Fax: 020 7713 1211
The British Copyright Council is an umbrella organisation bringing together organisations which represent those who create, or hold rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and those who perform such works.
It functions principally as a liaison committee for its member associations, providing them with a forum for the discussion of matters of copyright interest. It also acts as a pressure group for changes in copyright law at UK, European and International level.29-33 Berners Street London W1T 3AB
Tel: 01986 788 122
Fax: 01986 788 847
The British Institute of Professional Photography is the premier qualifying body for professional image makers in the UK with over 3500 members covering every type of photography. The BIPP represents professional image making to government and industry.Fox Talbot House, 2 Amwell End, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9HN
Tel: 01920 464011
Fax: 01920 487056
British Music Rights is an umbrella organisation which represents the interests of composers, songwriters and music publishers. Formed in 1996 by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, the Music Publishers Association (MPA), the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and the Performing Right Society (PRS), it provides a consensus voice promoting the interests of creators and publishers of music at all levels.26 Berners Street, London W1P 4AA
Tel: 020 7306 4446
Fax: 020 7306 4449
BPI is the British record industry’s trade association, representing thousands of British record companies, from the largest corporation down to the smallest label.Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7JA
Tel: 020 7803 1300
Fax: 020 7803 1310
BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the United Kingdom.373-377 Clapham Road, London SW9 9BT
Tel: 020 7346 0900
Fax: 020 7346 0901
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is the foremost organisation dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA educates consumers on
software management and copyright protection, cyber security, trade, e-commerce and other internet-related issues.BSA Europe, 79 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7RB
Tel: 020 7245 0304
Fax: 020 7245 0310
The CIoJ is both a Chartered professional body and a fully certified, independent trade union. It represents, advises and safeguards newspaper
and magazine journalists, radio and television broadcasters, freelancers, PR practitioners, workers in multimedia, internet and electronic publishing,
and others in related fields. It received its Royal Charter in 1890.2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU
Tel: 020 7252 1187
Fax: 020 7232 2302
The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) is the professional body for designers. It is the world’s largest chartered body of professional designers and is unique in representing designers in all disciplines.1 Cedar Court, Royal Oak Yard, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3GA
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Fax: 020 7407 9878
CCLI licenses churches, schools and organisations to reproduce the words of hymns and/or songs onto OHPs, electronic storage and retrieval system, song sheets, songbooks etc. A CCLI licence also includes non-commercial recording rights on behalf of MCPS. CCLI also issues the Music Reproduction Licence to churches, schools and organisations enabling them to photocopy musical compositions intended for congregational singing from a wide range of hymn and song books.CCLI Ltd. P.O. Box 1339, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1AD
Tel: 01323 417711
Fax: 01323 417722
DACS is the copyright and collecting society for visual artists in the UK. It is a non-profit, membership-based organisation representing fine artists and their heirs, as well as photographers, illustrators, craftspeople, cartoonists, architects, animators and designers. DACS provides a range of licensing services for copyright consumers and now also manages Artist’s Resale Rights on behalf of all artists in the UK.33 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DX
Tel: 020 7336 8811
Fax: 020 7336 8822
The DPRS is the collecting society which represents British film and television directors. It collects and distributes money due to directors for the exploitation of their work.
Tel: 020 7269 0677
Fax: 020 7269 0676
ERA operates a Licensing Scheme on behalf of its members for educational
use of copyright material. Uniquely serving the UK educational sector, ERA is one of a range of collecting societies which help copyright owners and performers derive an income from the licensed use of their literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.New Premier House, 150 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AL
Tel: 020 7837 3222
Fax: 020 7837 3750
Equity is the only Trade Union to represent artists from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment. It negotiates with employers and gives legal and professional advice on many matters, including copyright and performers’ rights.
Tel: 020 7379 6000
Fax: 020 7379 7001
FACT is the leading representative trade body that is committed to protecting the interests of the UK’s film and broadcast industry in the fight against pirate films and DVDs and the increasing threat from online piracy. FACT deals primarily with Customs, the Police and Trading Standards Offices, providing expert technical examination services for evidential purposes and the gathering of evidence to justify enforcement action or prosecution by the relevant authority. FACT also undertakes private prosecutions on behalf of its members.7 Victory Business Centre, Worton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6DB
Tel: 020 8568 6646
Fax: 020 8560 6364
FAST is the anti-software piracy organisation working to protect the intellectual property rights of software publishers. FAST enforces rights in computer programs by seeking and collecting evidence of piracy and bringing legal (usually criminal) proceedings
Tel: 01628 622121
Fax: 01628 760338
The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) is an independent organisation established to foster the fundamental international copyright principles embodied in the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. Its purpose is to facilitate, on an international basis, the collective management of reproduction and other rights relevant to copyrighted works through the co-operation of national Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs).
Phone: +32 2 551 08 99
Fax: +32 2 551 08 95
IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide with over 1450 members in 75 countries and affiliated industry associations in 48 countries. It aims to fight music piracy, promote fair market access and adequate copyright laws and develop the legal conditions and the technologies for the recording industry to prosper in the digital era.10 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DD
Tel: 020 7878 7900
Fax: 020 7878 7950
International PEN (Poets, Essayists, Editors, Novelists), the worldwide association of writers with 141 Centres in 99 Countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, to fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.
Tel: 020 7405 0338
Fax: 020 7405 0339
The MCPS collects and distributes ‘mechanical’ royalties generated from the recording of music onto many different formats. This income is distributed to their members, the writers and publishers of music.
The MCPS-PRS Alliance manages activities that are common to PRS and MCPS, services both societies and is jointly owned by them.
Tel: 020 7580 5544
The Motion Picture Association serves as the international voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries.
Tel: (914) 333-0892
Fax: (914) 333-7541
The International Music Managers Forum was founded in the UK in 1993. The forum has provided a chance for meaningful dialogue with the Government and other industry organisations as well as between managers themselves.
Tel: 0870 850 7800
Fax: 0870 850 7801
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) looks after the interests of all music publishers based or working in the UK and exists to safeguard and improve the business and legal environment within which its members are operating.6th Floor, British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR
Tel: 020 7580 0126
Fax: 020 7637 3929
The MU is the representative organisation for professional musicians involved in a wide spectrum of musical activities including performance in all types of ensembles, instrumental teaching, arranging, composing and copying music. It negotiates with employers, promotes and supports music and is active in the field of copyright and performers’ rights and protections.Musicians’ Union, National Office, 60 – 62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ
Tel: 020 7582 5566
Fax: 020 7582 9805
The NUJ represents over 35,000 members in newspapers, magazine and book publishing, public relations and broadcasting, plus freelancers. It gives legal and professional advice on many matters, including copyright and contracts.Head Office, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
Tel: 020 7278 7916
Fax: 020 7837 8143
The NLA was set up in 1996 to offer a one-stop shop for a licence to copy, for internal management use, from all of the UK’s national newspapers and regional and foreign titles, too. The NLA offers rights to photocopy /fax and digitally copy and transmit cuttings for internal use – even specialised rights to distribute externally – all under one licence. The repertoire includes all English and most Scottish national newspapers and many regional and international titles.
Tel: 01892 525273
Fax: 01892 525275
The Ordnance Survey publishes maps of Great Britain at various scales.
Copying of Ordnance Survey maps is authorised under various licences depending on the use of the mapping.
Tel: 023 8030 5030
Fax: 023 8079 2615
The Performing Right Society (PRS) is a non-profit making membership organisation of composers, songwriters, authors and publishers of music of all styles. The essential function of PRS is to collect and distribute music royalties on behalf of its members.Copyright House, 29-33 Berners Street, London W1T 3AB
Tel: 020 7580 5544
Fax: 020 7306 4455
The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) is the organisation for magazine and business-to-business media publishers in the UK. PPA’s role is to promote and protect the interests of the industry in general, and member companies in particular.
Tel: 020 7404 4166
Fax: 020 7404 4167
PPL collects and distributes airplay and public performance royalties in
the UK on behalf of over 3,500 record companies and 40,000 performers.
PPL licenses on behalf of its members, comprising mainly record companies, the public performance, broadcasting and cable programme rights in the main repertoire of sound recordings protected in the UK.
Tel: 020 7534 1000
Fax: 020 7534 1111
The Society is the only national organisation solely dedicated to the promotion of poets and poetry and is a registered charity. Around 4,000 teachers, librarians, booksellers, journalists and readers and writers of poetry all over the world are members. The Society produces Britain’s leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review.
Tel: 020 7420 9880
Fax: 020 7240 4818
Pact is the UK trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, animation and interactive media companies.
To qualify for payment, applicants must register their books. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK.
Tel: 01642 604 699
Fax: 01642 615 641
book, journal and electronic publishers in the UK. It brings publishers together to discuss the main issues facing the industry and to define the practical policies that will take the industry forward.29b Montague Street, London WC1B 5BW
Tel: 020 7691 9191
Fax: 020 7691 9199
PLS represents the interests of publishers in the collective licensing of photocopying and digitisation. Together with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, PLS owns and directs the Copyright Licensing Agency and works in partnership with the Design and Artists Copyright Society.
PLS is owned by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Periodical Publishers Association, and the Publishers Association.37 – 41 Gower Street, London WC1E 6HH
Tel: 020 7299 7730
Fax: 020 7299 7780
The Royal Academy is an independent fine arts institution which supports contemporary artists and promotes interest in the arts through a comprehensive and ambitious exhibition programme.Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Tel: 020 7300 8000
Fax: 020 7300 8001
The RPS, founded in 1853, exists to promote every aspect of photography.
It does so by organising lectures, workshops and other educational activities; by mounting exhibitions; by publications; and by maintaining an outstanding collection of photographic books, images and equipment.
Launched in April 2007, Publishing Scotland has grown from the Scottish Publishers Association. It adds a development role, integrating new technologies in all formats with traditional publishing and provides a networking and training opportunity for organisations and individuals in the industry.Scottish Book Centre, 137 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1BG
Tel: 0131 228 6866
Fax: 0131 228 3220
The Society of Authors is a non profit-making organisation, founded in 1884, “to protect the rights and further the interests of authors”. The Society now has over 7,500 members.84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB
Tel: 020 7373 6642
Fax: 020 7373 5768
www.societyofauthors.orgThe Society of Authors is a non profit-making organisation, founded in 1884, “to protect the rights and further the interests of authors”. The Society now has over 7,500 members.
Tel: 0845 950 0505
Fax: 01633 817 777
Tel: 020 7306 4446
Fax: 020 7306 4449
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film and video games.15 Britannia Street, London W1CX 9JN
Tel: 020 7833 0777
Fax: 020 7833 4777
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film and video games.
Tel 020 7400 3100 Fax 020 7400 3101
Registered in England. Reg no. 1690026