Who we are

Founded in 1965 and incorporated in 2007, the British Copyright Council is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a forum for discussion of copyright law and related issues at UK, European and International levels. The BCC is independent, receives no government funding and is the only organisation of its kind in the UK.

We aim to provide an effective, authoritative and representative voice for the copyright community. We represent those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works.

 

What we do

Copyright and related rights provide creators and performers with a means of earning a living, as well as being an important tool for those at the business end of the creative and cultural industries.

We inform and represent our members, and promote the effectiveness of and respect for copyright. In the UK, the BCC is consulted by Government departments, agencies and regulators. We follow copyright developments in the European Union and have NGO Observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). We maintain links with similar bodies in other countries.

We encourage members to review and debate proposals for legislative change in the field of copyright and related rights. Discussions on specific issues take place either in the full Council or in delegated Working Groups. From these discussions the Council’s views are developed and further member consultation takes place before final approval.

The Council responds to proposals or consultations initiated by the British Government, Directorates General of the European Commission or Parliament, and at international level by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). However, we also respond to papers produced by other interest groups and are pro-active in making recommendations and urging action on Government and other policymakers.

Board Members

TREVOR COOK

TREVOR COOK

Director & Chairman

Solicitor, WilmerHale
Nominated by all Members, Trevor is independent and not representative of a Member organisation (Article 8.1(f))

NICOLA SOLOMON

NICOLA SOLOMON

Director, Literary and Dramatic Works

Chief Executive,
Society of Authors
(Article 8.1(a))

JOHN MOTTRAM

JOHN MOTTRAM

Director, Musical Works

Head of Public Affairs,
PRS for Music

(Article 8.1(b))

ISABELLE DORAN

ISABELLE DORAN

Director, Artistic Works

Head of Policy & Public Affairs, British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies (BAPLA)
(Article 8.1(c))

ANDREW YEATES

ANDREW YEATES

Director, Categories of Works other than Literary, Dramatic, Musical, Artistic

IP Adviser, PPA
(Article 8.1(d))

SARAH FAULDER

SARAH FAULDER

Director, Treasurer

Chief Executive,
Publishers’ Licensing Services

Director nominated by all Members (Article 8.1(e))

PETER LEATHEM

PETER LEATHEM

Director

Chief Executive Officer,
PPLUK

Nominated by any Member (Article 8.1(g))

RICHARD COMBES

RICHARD COMBES

Director

Head of Rights and Licensing, ALCS
Nominated by any Member (Article 8.1(h))

Board Attendees

MAUREEN DUFFY

MAUREEN DUFFY

President of Honour

FRSL

GEOFFREY ADAMS

GEOFFREY ADAMS

Vice President

ELISABETH RIBBANS

ELISABETH RIBBANS

Director of Policy & Public Affairs

Working Groups

Copyright & Technology Working Group

The Copyright and Technology Working Group has overall responsibility for developing BCC policy, for drafting the majority of BCC consultation responses and position papers and for ensuring that, on every occasion, a proper process is in place for consulting the full BCC and achieving a consensus view.

The Working Group meets six times a year. All BCC members are eligible to join the Working Group and it represents a wide range of rights holder interests. The CTWG is chaired by Andrew Yeates.

Copyright Education & Awareness Working Group

This group of BCC members has come together to promote a greater awareness and understanding of copyright through:

  • Education on copyright for creators, rights holders and the creative industry
  • Education on copyright within the education system at all levels
  • The value and benefits of copyright to the general public

The CEAWG is chaired by Isabelle Doran.

Working Group on Principles of Good Practice for CMOs (2010-14)

The British Copyright Council’s Working Group on Principles of Good Practice for Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) was formed in May 2010 and was responsible for developing BCC Principles of Collective Management Organisations’ Codes of Conduct – endorsed by the full BCC in May 2012 and formally launched in December of the same year. This policy framework set the standards for CMOs in their treatment of members and licensees, and for internal governance processes, as well as improving information about the activities of CMOs.

The Principles were part of a self-regulatory process that included the Independent Code Review led by Walter Merricks CBE, who was appointed in August 2013. The results of the review were published in a final report in 2014

The Independent Code Review process was superseded by the EU Collective Management of Copyright Regulations, implemented into UK law in 2016.

 

Diary

september 2019

18sep3:00 pm5:00 pmBoard Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Society of Authors, 24 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4EH

october 2019

10oct12:30 pm2:00 pmCopyright Education & Awareness Meeting12:30 pm - 2:00 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

10oct2:00 pm3:15 pmCouncil Meeting2:00 pm - 3:15 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

10oct3:30 pm5:30 pmJoint Consultative Meeting3:30 pm - 5:30 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

november 2019

06nov2:30 pm4:30 pmCopyright & Technology Working Group2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

13nov3:00 pm5:00 pmBoard Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PPL UK (Recording Studio), 1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DE

december 2019

05dec12:30 pm2:00 pmCopyright Education & Awareness Meeting12:30 pm - 2:00 pm To be confirmed

05dec2:30 pm5:00 pmCouncil Meeting2:30 pm - 5:00 pm To be confirmed

Who we are

Founded in 1965 and incorporated in 2007, the British Copyright Council is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a forum for discussion of copyright law and related issues at UK, European and International levels. The BCC is independent, receives no government funding and is the only organisation of its kind in the UK.

We aim to provide an effective, authoritative and representative voice for the copyright community. We represent those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works.

 

What we do

Copyright and related rights provide creators and performers with a means of earning a living, as well as being an important tool for those at the business end of the creative and cultural industries.

We inform and represent our members, and promote the effectiveness of and respect for copyright. In the UK the BCC is consulted by government departments, agencies and regulators. We follow copyright developments in the European Union and are an NGO Observer Member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). We maintain links with similar bodies in other countries.

We encourage members to review and debate proposals for legislative change in the field of copyright and related rights. Discussions on specific issues take place either in the full Council or in delegated Working Groups. From these discussions the Council’s views are developed and further member consultation takes place before final approval.

The Council responds to proposals or consultations initiated by the British Government, Directorate Generals of the European Commission or Parliament and at International level by WIPO. However, we also respond to papers produced by other interest groups and are pro-active in making recommendations and urging action on Government and other policymakers.

Board Members

TREVOR COOK

TREVOR COOK

Director & Chairman

Solicitor, WilmerHale
Nominated by all Members, Trevor is independent and not representative of a Member organisation
(Article 8.1(f))

NICOLA SOLOMON

NICOLA SOLOMON

Director, Literary and Dramatic Works

Chief Executive,
Society of Authors

(Article 8.1(a))

JOHN MOTTRAM

JOHN MOTTRAM

Director, Musical Works

Head of Public Affairs,
PRS for Music

(Article 8.1(b))

ISABELLE DORAN

ISABELLE DORAN

Director, Artistic Works

Head of Policy & Public Affairs, British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies (BAPLA)
(Article 8.1(c))

ANDREW YEATES

ANDREW YEATES

Director, Categories of Works other than Literary & Dramatic, Musical and Artistic

IP Adviser, PPA
(Article 8.1(d))

PETER LEATHEM

PETER LEATHEM

Director

Chief Executive Officer, PPLUK
Nominated by any Member
(Article 8.1(g))

SARAH FAULDER

SARAH FAULDER

Director, Treasurer

Chief Executive,
Publishers’ Licensing Services

Director nominated by all Members
(Article 8.1(e))

RICHARD COMBES

RICHARD COMBES

Director

Head of Rights and Licensing,
ALCS

Nominated by any Member
(Article 8.1(h))

Board Attendees

MAUREEN DUFFY

MAUREEN DUFFY

President of Honour

FRSL

GEOFFREY ADAMS

GEOFFREY ADAMS

Vice President

ELISABETH RIBBANS

ELISABETH RIBBANS

Director of Policy & Public Affairs

Working Groups

Copyright & Technology Working Group

The Copyright and Technology Working Group has overall responsibility for developing BCC policy, for drafting the majority of BCC consultation responses and position papers and for ensuring that, on every occasion, a proper process is in place for consulting the full BCC and achieving a consensus view.

The Working Group meets six times a year. All BCC members are eligible to join the Working Group and it represents a wide range of rights holder interests. The CTWG is chaired by Andrew Yeates, its Secretary is Hugo Cox.

Copyright Education & Awareness Working Group

This group of BCC members has come together to promote:
Greater awareness and understanding of copyright through:

  • Education on copyright for creators, rights holders and the creative industry
  • Education on copyright within the education system at all levels
  • The value and benefits of copyright to the general public.

Working Group on Principles of Good Practice for CMOs (2010-14)

The British Copyright Council’s Working Group on Principles of Good Practice for Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) was formed in May 2010 and was responsible for developing BCC Principles of Collective Management Organisations’ Codes of Conduct – endorsed by the full BCC in May 2012 and formally launched in December of the same year. This policy framework set the standards for CMOs in their treatment of members and licensees, and for internal governance processes, as well as improving information about the activities of CMOs.

The Principles were part of a self-regulatory process that included the Independent Code Review led by Walter Merricks CBE, who was appointed in August 2013. The results of the review were published in a final report in 2014

The Independent Code Review process was superseded by the EU Collective Management of Copyright Regulations , which was implemented into UK law in 2016.

Diary

september 2019

18sep3:00 pm5:00 pmBoard Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Society of Authors, 24 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4EH

october 2019

10oct12:30 pm2:00 pmCopyright Education & Awareness Meeting12:30 pm - 2:00 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

10oct2:00 pm3:15 pmCouncil Meeting2:00 pm - 3:15 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

10oct3:30 pm5:30 pmJoint Consultative Meeting3:30 pm - 5:30 pm BPI, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster, SE1 7JA

november 2019

06nov2:30 pm4:30 pmCopyright & Technology Working Group2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

13nov3:00 pm5:00 pmBoard Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PPL UK (Recording Studio), 1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DE

december 2019

05dec12:30 pm2:00 pmCopyright Education & Awareness Meeting12:30 pm - 2:00 pm To be confirmed

05dec2:30 pm5:00 pmCouncil Meeting2:30 pm - 5:00 pm To be confirmed

Secretariat

The British Copyright Council’s work is supported by: Elisabeth Ribbans, director of policy & public affairs; Florian Koempel, international copyright consultant; Sharon Smith, administration

Picture credits: Shutterstock

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