Policy

The MPA makes submissions on behalf of its members to Government and to other relevant bodies. The MPA also feeds into policy papers submitted by other umbrella organisations where they are relevant to music publishers, or to the wider music industry as a whole. The MPA is a member of UK Music, the body representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, and of ICMP, the body representing the interests of the music publishing community globally.

We call for the inclusion of music technology and intellectual property, and also ask for a broad range of areas to be eligible for study, including modern and contemporary composers.

The long awaited new copyright exception for education was introduced into UK Law on 1 June 2014. The new exception, which replaces the existing section 32 of the CDPA, will not interfere with PMLL's Schools Licensing Scheme in any way. The new exception also contains a number of safeguards for publishers of sheet music – in particular that any copying of materials by teachers can only be for the “sole purpose for illustration for instruction”.

The MPA responded to this consultation, calling on Government to maintain funding for music eduaction services. For more on the Protect Music Education campaign, see the campaign website.

The MPA submitted this response in March 2014 to a far-reaching EU consultation on copyright.

The MPA's response to the IPO consultation on implementing a domestic orphan works scheme and the EU directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.

This technical consultation was on the draft secondary legislation, to be known as The Copyright (Extended Collective Licensing) Regulations. Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) is a type of licensing that allows an authorised collecting society to extend an existing collective licence so that it can license on behalf of all rights holders in the sector, except those who opt out.

The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 were laid in Parliament on 18 July 2013. The statuatory instrument which implements the EU Copyright Term Extension Directive comes into force on 1 November 2013.

The Department for Education has published a new draft of the national curriculum, updating the draft which was put out for public consultation 5 months ago.

Part 6 of the ERR Act, “Miscellaneous and general”, contains a number of clauses relating to copyright. In particular, clause 77 relates to Orphan Works Licensing and Extended Collective Licensing.