Published on: 17 January 2014 in Industry

Collecting societies review seeks Directors UK members’ views

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The British Copyright Council is conducting a Review of Copyright Collecting Societies, and they want to hear from our members on their experiences with Directors UK – good or bad!

The review, led by Walter Merricks CBE (pictured right*), is focusing on 12 collecting societies in total, including Directors UK. It seeks to determine whether these societies are as “transparent and accountable” as they should be, particularly in light of their decision two years earlier to establish and make public codes of conduct detailing how each of them operate.

According to the British Copyright Council, the Government has also set out standards and is taking powers to ensure societies have adopted satisfactory codes and to discipline societies where necessary.

The societies have invited Merricks to review how successful each of them has been in realising their ambition of greater transparency. Merricks is asking for feedback from “anyone with experience of or views about the collective management of rights and how well the societies’ codes are working.”

For the review to reach a balanced and accurate conclusion it is essential that a multitude of individuals provide evidence, which is why we’re urging all members to take the time to send their views to Walter Merricks. So whether you have an issue with Directors UK’s level of transparency, or alternatively feel our organisation meets the standard set by the government and collecting societies, either way your feedback is vital to the review.

To submit your response, and find out more, visit the Independent Code Review website

*Photograph of Walter Merricks by Daniel Montuschi.

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