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Extension of public performance rights to foreign nationals

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The government is seeking views on changes to how foreign nationals qualify for broadcasting and performance rights in UK copyright law

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Consultation description

The UK is party to various international agreements on copyright and related rights. Under these agreements, the UK extends protection to works (such as music and books) and performances from other countries. In return, those countries provide protection to works and performances from the UK. This enables the UK creative industries to secure remuneration when their music, books, films and other creative media are used abroad.

The government intends to change how certain rights are extended to foreign nationals, to ensure UK law works for both creators and users and is consistent with the UK’s international commitments. This consultation seeks your views on how we should do so and the impacts this will have.

A consultation-stage Impact Assessment is included.

You can respond to this consultation using the link at the bottom of this page.

Why your views matter

Your responses to the questions set out in this consultation will help us improve the quality of our analysis and support the government’s decision making.

Wherever possible, please provide evidence to support your comments. If you would like to provide any documents as evidence then please email them to, quoting your survey response ID (which you will receive once you have submitted your response to the consultation).

We will take your responses into account when deciding on our approach, which will be published in due course after the conclusion of this consultation.


Impact assessment: Changes in protection for foreign sound recordings and performances

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Published 15 January 2024
Last updated 7 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Consultation timeline extended to 22 March 2024.

  2. First published.