The ICR is part of a self-regulatory process put in place by the UK's Collective Management Organisations in association with the British Copyright Council

Welcome

The Independent Code Review (ICR) is part of a self-regulatory process put in place by the UK's Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), in association with the British Copyright Council, to ensure that the BCC Principles remain fit for purpose and that the UK CMO's respective codes are compliant with the BCC Principles. These codes can be member/rights holder facing and/or user/licensee facing.

The purpose of the Review is to "assess, in the light of submitted evidence, and relevant Regulations, whether the BCC Principles remain fit for purpose, having regard to, amongst other factors, HM Government's Minimum Standards for UK Collecting Societies (as published in October 2012); and that UK CMOs' respective codes are compliant with the BCC Principles."

The Independent Code Reviewer, Walter Merricks, CBE
Photograph by Daniel Montuschi

Good governance, clarity and transparency

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"I want to thank Walter Merricks for the work he has done in producing the first independent review of collecting societies, which is a cornerstone of the regulatory system.  While this report is to collecting societies and is not addressed to government, the Government will nonetheless be considering the contents closely to see if there are any issues which may warrant further investigation by the Secretary of State."

Lord Younger
Minister of State for Intellectual Property,
Department of Business Innovation and Skills