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UK Copyright Licensing Steering Group Report Published

25 September 2013

25 September 2013

Creative Industries Delivering on Commitment to Streamline Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age

The Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG) – the body established by the creative industries to take forward Richard Hooper and Dr Ros Lynch’s report Copyright Works - publishes a report today detailing the successes over the past 12 months in implementing recommendations to streamline copyright licensing.

The CLSG has been supported in its work by six workstreams, focusing on each of the recommendations. In all, over 100 people from across the creative industries participated in the work.

Progress over the past 12 months includes:

• The launch of a pilot phase of the Copyright Hub in July
• The publication of a Voluntary Code of Practice for creating and retaining metadata in images
• The development of a range of initiatives to streamline the licensing landscape for educational establishments
• The planned introduction of two new joint music licences from PPL and PRS for Music
• New digital music licensing initiatives for start-ups and app developers
• Progress on the adoption and inter-operability of common data standards

To view the full report, download it at: OR click on further information panel to the right of this page.

James Lancaster, Chair of the CLSG said:

“This report demonstrates the real progress that has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Hooper/Lynch report. The work over the past year has demonstrated clearly the power of all parts of the creative industries working collaboratively together with the support of Government to come up with pragmatic and workable solutions to the challenges of copyright licensing. I would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who have contributed to this report.”

Viscount Younger of Leckie, Minister for Intellectual Property said:

“The work of the Copyright Licensing Steering Group in making licensing work better - both through the creation of a Copyright Hub and by simplifying existing licensing approaches - is excellent.

“I congratulate the group on the work so far and look forward to working with them."

Maureen Duffy, author and member of the CLSG said:

"Once, the church and state commissioned artists to produce books, paintings and music. Then came printing, beginning the democratisation of the markets for their work, then film and radio, and now we have the digital world. But how are the creators to be paid?

The Hub seeks to solve this by a simplified facility for licensing, putting consumers in touch with the works they want, and providing an income for the creators.

Our report shows how the industries have come together to solve the problems of making piracy redundant, and assuring the future of UK creators, their music, art and literature, and their massive contribution, both cultural and economic."


Note to Editors
The CLSG was established with a wide mandate to ensure on-going cross-sector co-ordination and to continue the momentum across all the issues raised in the Hooper/Lynch report. Six separate workstreams were established, and you can finddetailed reports on the progress made at
Members of the CLSG:
James Lancaster (Chair)
Daniel Alexander QC (8 New Square Chambers)
Robert Ashcroft, CEO, PRS for Music
Mark Bide, Executive Director, EDItEUR
Christoph Chesher, Group Sales Director, Taylor & Francis
Fiona Clarke-Hackston, CEO, BSAC
Jo Dipple, CEO, UK Music
Maureen Duffy, Creator
Stephen Edwards, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Mary Egan, BAPLA
Sarah Faulder, CEO, PLS
Richard Hooper CBE, Chair, the Copyright Hub Limited
Rob Kirkham, Head, Copyright Contracting, BBC
Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL
Dr Ros Lynch, Director, CLCO
Sue Malden, Chair, Focal International
David Pugh, Managing Director, NLA media access
Gilane Tawadros, CEO, DACS
Gwen Thomas, Business & Legal Director, AoP

The Copyright Hub

The Copyright Hub, built and led by the UK’s music, publishing, audio-visual and images industries, will be a portal with intelligent connections to a wide range of websites, digital copyright exchanges and databases in the UK and around the world.

View the Hub at

For further information contact Ros Lynch –