The Collective Management of Copyright (EU Directive) Regulations 2016

This document provides guidance on the Collective Management of Copyright (EU Directive) Regulations 2016.



This guidance is addressed at organisations which fall under the definitions of “collective management organisation” or “independent management entity” in The Collective Management of Copyright (EU Directive) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”).

The Regulations place obligations on collective management organisations (“CMOs”) established in the UK as well as independent management entities, users, right holders and members of “CMOs”.

The guidance follows the format of the Regulations and is made up of four main parts.


Provides background to the Regulations, including their interface with the UK’s former self-regulatory framework and their scope.

Part one

Outlines the scope and definitions used in the Regulations.

Part two

Focuses on the rights of and protections for right holders and users, underpinned by minimum standards of governance and transparency that are required of all “CMOs”.

Part three

Sets out the standards that “CMOs” which choose to engage in multi-territorial licensing of online musical rights must meet.

Part four

Covers the requirements for enforcement of all the measures in the Regulations, including the procedures for handling complaints and settling disputes.

Published 25 February 2016
Last updated 11 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. The IPO's online guidance has been amended to replace references to EU Directives and Regulations with applicable UK legislation.

  2. First published.