In this Directory you can find details of further links and resources mentioned on these pages as well as the main points of contact for finding out more about copyright in the UK and abroad. You can also find details of rights holding bodies, societies and collecting funds.

General Resources

You can find out more by visiting:

 Intellectual Property Office 

General information about Intellectual Property and copyright in the UK

Copyright Hub

Copyright, licensing and what the creative industry is working on

World Intellectual Property Organisation 

For more on copyright around the world 

For info about licensing your work to others

Into film 

For support and resources for creative film projects.

Copyright Licensing Agency

CLA licenses organisations to copy and re-use extracts from print and digital publications on behalf of the copyright owners – authors and publishers. CLA also manages licences for newspaper content from NLA media access and printed music through the Schools Printed Music Licence


ERA provides educational establishments with a simple means of accessing and using broadcast material both in the classroom and by students at home.

Film Bank

Filmbankmedia represent many Hollywood and independent film studios and distributors licensing film screenings outside the home or cinema.

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation

MPLC is a licensing organisation for over 650 film and TV producers and distributors from major Hollywood studios to independent and foreign producers.


Rights Representing Organisations

ALCS - A collecting society which protects and promotes the rights of authors. They also provide teaching material on copyright for all age groups. 

BAPLA - British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies, a the trade association for picture libraries in the UK.

British Phonographic Industry - Represents the UK’s recorded music industry

DACS - Design and Artists Copyright Society a not-for-profit organisation which manages the rights of visual artists.

Equity - The UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners.

Incorporated Society of Musicians - A professional association for musicians, performers, composers, teachers and others.

Musicians Union - A trade union representing musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

PACT - A trade association representing independent television, feature film, animation and new media production companies.

PPL - A collecting society that licenses recorded music played in public.

PRS for Music - A collecting society, which licenses the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Radio Independents Group -  A non-profit making trade body that represents the UK's independent radio production industry.

Writers Guild - The trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games.