Policy paper

Ensuring high standards in collective rights management

The first 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 2016 to March 2017. It also gives details about our plans for the 2017 to 2018 period.

Published 2 August 2017