Copyright Tribunal: applications procedure

The application procedure for referring disputed matters to the tribunal.

Who can refer a dispute

In general, only the person seeking a copyright licence can refer disputed matters to the tribunal. However, where the tribunal has already made a decision in a particular area, the collecting society as well as the licensee may apply to the tribunal to change that decision, usually on the grounds that circumstances have changed materially since the tribunal last considered the matter. Any party to a tribunal hearing may appeal against its decision, but only on points of law.

Rules of procedure

New rules of procedure were introduced on 6 April 2010.

Initiating proceedings

Proceedings in the Copyright Tribunal are initiated by serving a notice on the Secretary in accordance with Rule 7 using the form shown in Schedule 1 to the Rules.

The notice must be accompanied by a statement of case and fee (£50, in most cases, cheques made payable to the Intellectual Property Office).

Please refer to the Rules for further details concerning procedures.

Application forms

Tribunal procedure

The Tribunal has its own rules of procedure.

Office address

Under rule 4 our new office address is:

Copyright Tribunal
3rd Floor
10 Victoria Street

Cheques to cover the cost of application fees should be made payable to the Intellectual Property Office.

Published 11 November 2014
Last updated 15 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Copyright Tribunal Office address has moved.

  2. First published.