Contributor Rights

Contributor Rights

An interview with Simon Haywood-Tapp from the BBC Rights department

There's a whole department in the BBC that negotiates agreements so the BBC can re-broadcast archive programmes. This interview with BBC Rights expert Simon Hayward-Tapp explains why rights is a complicated subject.


What are 'rights' in broadcasting terms?

Rights are conferred upon contributors through legislation. So a writer has rights through the Copyright Act, which says that if he writes a script, he owns that script, and if I want to do something with that script I have to buy the necessary rights from him.

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