The Government has published new minimum standards which are to underpin the self-regulatory framework for UK collecting societies.
The minimum standards, which cover fairness, transparency, and good governance, are intended to form the basis of collecting societies’ individual codes of practice.
You can read them in full through here.
An initial review of these codes will be undertaken by an independent code reviewer in November 2013, one year after launch.
The minimum standards have been developed in conjunction with collecting societies and users as part of the Government’s Hargreaves consultation on copyright reforms. They are intended to be a living document and will evolve to take account of market developments.
The Government is currently taking legislation through Parliament that includes provision for a backstop power that will require a collecting society to adopt a code of practice if its self-regulatory code fails.
The consultation on codes of practice concluded that one year was a sufficient period of time for collecting societies to put in place codes that comply with these minimum standards.