Policy paper

Collective rights management in the UK

The 2017/18 annual review of the IPO’s work monitoring collective management organisations and other licensing bodies.



The government passed regulations in 2016 about the activities of collective management organisations and ‘independent management entities’. These bodies licence businesses and other organisations to use copyright works. They offer these licences on behalf of large groups of creators and rights holders.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible for monitoring compliance with the new regulations. This review talks about the IPO’s activities in this area from April 2017 to March 2018.

Published 2 August 2017
Last updated 14 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. The 2017/18 review of Collective rights management in the UK published.
  2. First published.