Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Update

    An update about the CLA’s application for extended collective licensing.

    The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has decided, in consultation with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to withdraw its application to operate an extended collective licensing scheme.

    This withdrawal is a response to the evolving EU legal framework that may affect the regulation of national extended collective licensing systems. While this situation persists, CLA’s priority must be to continue to operate its existing and well understood licensing scheme for the benefit of both its licence-holders and the right holders it represents.
    An Extended Collective Licensing scheme would be the first of its kind in the UK and it is important that it is introduced at an appropriate time. CLA intends therefore to reapply when the legislative position is clearer. The IPO fully respects and supports CLA’s position at this time.
    In the meantime, right holders and licence-holders will not be affected by this decision and existing activities will continue.
    CLA has reached this decision in close consultation with the IPO and with the full support of its member organisations: the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS), the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), and PICSEL.
    Read the statement here.
    If you have any further questions concerning this update or wish to seek further information, you can contact:
    CLA – Alexandra Reed,
    DACS – Daniel Rudd, Head of Artists’ Services,
    DACS would like to stress to Payback applicants that this update will not affect Payback.

    More Information:

    An Extended Collective Licensing scheme would allow CLA to license not just on behalf of the right holders it represents through its members, but also on behalf of all other right holders who would be covered by the scheme unless they chose to opt out.
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    Posted on 30/04/2018 by Laura Ward-Ure