Policy

The MPA makes submissions on behalf of its members to Government and to other relevant bodies. The MPA also feeds into policy papers submitted by other umbrella organisations where they are relevant to music publishers, or to the wider music industry as a whole. The MPA is a member of UK Music, the body representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, and of ICMP, the body representing the interests of the music publishing community globally.

MPA group response to the Consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy.

The MPA responds to the Department for Education’s Consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate.

The MPA inputted to and fully supported the industry-wide submission made by UK Music. We also put forward a short submission of our own to amplify some key points from the perspective of music publishers.

On March 26th, Mike Weatherley MP, former IP Adviser to the Prime Minister, published his discussion paper on the current EU directive exploring safe harbour provisions.

The paper, which the MPA fully endorses, can be downloaded below and includes direct quotes of our concerns around the commercial relationships between Information Society Service Providers and copyright owners.

Our members support the introduction of the CRM Directive and hope that it will deliver the desired effect of modernising and improving standards of governance and transparency in all EU licensing bodies. As rightholders, our members look forward to having a greater influence in decision making at licensing bodies and anticipate a great improvement in accurate and timely royalty payments from these entities throughout the EU Member States.

We call for the inclusion of music technology and intellectual property, and also ask for a broad range of areas to be eligible for study, including modern and contemporary composers.

The long awaited new copyright exception for education was introduced into UK Law on 1 June 2014. The new exception, which replaces the existing section 32 of the CDPA, will not interfere with PMLL's Schools Licensing Scheme in any way. The new exception also contains a number of safeguards for publishers of sheet music – in particular that any copying of materials by teachers can only be for the “sole purpose for illustration for instruction”.

The MPA responded to this consultation, calling on Government to maintain funding for music eduaction services. For more on the Protect Music Education campaign, see the campaign website.

The MPA submitted this response in March 2014 to a far-reaching EU consultation on copyright.

The MPA's response to the IPO consultation on implementing a domestic orphan works scheme and the EU directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works.