17 October 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 [1]- 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: www.clsg.info


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.”

Creative Barcode - an innovation in digital IP, participated in the Meta Data Work Stream which focused on reducing or eradicating Meta Data stripping and resulted in the Voluntary Code of Practice. The Meta Data group included representatives from BBC, Getty Images, Creative Barcode, Future Publishing, Plus Coalition, Association of Photographers, Stop 43 and the Mirror Group.  

Creative Barcode CEO, Maxine Horn, said “the average internet user does not realise the negative impact on the creative industries and content producers [and owners of images in general] caused by Meta Data stripping. Meta Data is one of the few ways an owner of an item of work or an image can be identified and their permission sought to use the work, license it and pay for it.. If the Meta Data is missing and the owner cannot be found, it can result in an ‘orphan work’  Creative Barcode and a consortium of other organisations including leading Universities are embarking on Digital Copyright Exchanges and new business models to counter orphan works and meta data stripping.   

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 www.clsg.info

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


Members of Images and Metadata Workstream

 Daniel Alexander QC Chair

Katherine Bebbington-Taylor, Future Publishing

Alan Capel, BAPLA

Paula Dale, Mirror Group

Paul Ellis, Stop 43

Andreas Gebhard, Getty Images

Maxine Horn, Creative Barcode

Simon Leech, AOP

Dr Ros Lynch, Director, CLCO

Bill Thompson, BBC

Rob Wilson, Plus Coalition

Dominic Young, Himself


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 www.copyrighthub.co.uk

For further information contact Ros Lynch – ros@copyrighthub.co.uk


About Creative Barcode

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In just under three years, Creative Barcode has attracted thousands of users from more than 30 countries and has gained the endorsement of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The CB system has never been breached.

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[1] Copyright works: Streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age. An independent report by Richard Hooper CBE and Dr Ros Lynch, July 2012, IPO. Available to download at www.ipo.gov.uk/dce-report-phase2.pdf


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