Copyright Analyst (UK Copyright) – Sony/ATV Music Publishing

  • Employer Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Location London
  • Application Deadline N/A

Job Description: 

This role in the UK Copyright Dept takes responsibility to cover the smooth flow of new and amended copyright data into the area, ensuring at all times that data standards are at a suitably high level; and working with internal managers and clients when these are not met. Duplicate Claims processing and dynamic response to registration and society liaison is integral, taking on board key communication lines with Senior Management and counterparts at other publishers and collection agencies. Using initiative to achieve results in the above, it will be vital for the job holder to be proactive in problem solving and to report to their manager on backlogs and more complex copyright issues (inc general queries, legacy data analysis, data driven reporting and new catalogue analysis). They will work closely with the Business Affairs, Royalties, Tracking and Global Administration teams both logistically and technically, and be comfortable being able to work under their own supervision and monitoring their workload on a day-to-day basis. It is important to have an understanding and interest in UK copyright and data requirements, global society development, BIEM rules and ICE procedures/data management, as well as being able to learn Sony/ATV current and legacy systems functionality.

Key Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Workload Reporting – Direct responsibility for reporting to Senior Management on workload progress, problems, backlogs etc. Communicate reporting that provides up to date  information on processing volumes, turnaround, open cases, backlogs etc, attending regular departmental meetings to discuss outcomes and issues. Proactively manage systems corrections and error tracking
  • Song / Catalogue Delivery – Responsible for communicating song delivery, identifying missing information, collating missing information with clients and sending the complete data set to Sony/ATV’s Nashville office for systems input and registration. Prioritising own  workload – giving priority works additional attention via On Line Registrations at the PRS in the UK, and ensuring all songs conform to Sony/ATV requisite data standards prior to set up. Balancing the workflow needs of the differing catalogues; Commercial, Production Music and Broadcast & Media Rights. A continuous flow of completed work to our data hub in Nashville is essential in avoiding backlogs and proactivity in problem solving and educating clients will be required to enhance the quality of the data being received. Handling the expectations of external clients and internal management will be required
  • Duplicate Claims & Disputes – Assisting the Duplicate Claims Manager in assessment of all Sony/ATV & EMI MP UK titles in Duplicate Claim or Dispute status at PRS for Music, ICE and Affiliates. Analysis and follow up all new items and prioritising the high profile / value items for resolution. A strong line of communication and co-operation with the US Copyright and Business Affairs (UK Legal dept) teams will be a key factor
  • Communication & Relations – Accommodate key relationships with internal and external clients and business managers, ensuring that all parties are informed of progress on open cases. Support BA, A&R, Broadcast & Media Rights and Production Music managers and so they are aware of copyright processes, and work with Head of UK Copyright as the escalation point is for concerns and issue resolution
  • Copyright Expertise – Capable in all aspects of copyright duties ranging from works registration, agreement processing, duplicate claims, Broadcast & Media Rights and Production Music processing, as well as being able to pick up and solve in depth queries and society and ICE issues. Taking an active role in overseas copyright protocol and process, and how this affects the UK working model
  • General Copyright Enquiries – Personally handling a large volume of copyright enquiries received from other Sony/ATV departments, affiliates, record companies and collection societies. Taking a leading role in prioritising and answering these enquiries and taking ownership of the issue(s) through to resolution. Responsible for responding to the enquirer direct and assisting Senior Management with policy and steering as necessary. Identifying how these queries can affect the wider catalogue, and being able to pre-empt issues from initial communication. The candidate should have the ability to pick up queries from scratch through to conclusion, working with relevant departments and colleagues as necessary
  • Special Projects – Being able to pick up special projects from Senior Management with a view to problem solving and solutions. Adaptability is key, and with efficient communication. Must understand the need for effective and dynamic response, and how this can help Management with volume and the team’s status within the organisation

Person Specification:



  • Tertiary education or degree level educated (Desirable)

Work Experience

  • Working knowledge of copyright within Music Publishing & Collection Societies (Essential)
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and their application within the business (Essential)


  • Knowledge of Music Copyright obligations/standards (Essential)
  • An understanding of Royalty/Copyright dept and Collection Societies functionality (Essential)
  • Capable of managing and organising own workload (Essential)
  • Personal accountability, managing issues through to resolution (Essential)
  • Aptitude for numeric work (Desirable)
  • High level Communication skills (written and verbal) (Essential)
  • Computer literacy – Excel, Word, Windows & Outlook (Essential) 
  • Commercial awareness (Essential)

Personal Attributes

  • Conscientious, works with attention to detail (Essential)
  • Shows initiative and is Solutions Driven (Essential)
  • Self-motivated – ability to work unsupervised (Essential)
  • Team player (Essential)
  • Hands-on individual who can create own training notes as they learn (Essential)
  • Investigative & analytical nature (Essential)
  • Negotiation, and has skill of persuasion (Essential)
  • Excellent communication skills (Essential)
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver to agreed team deadlines (Essential)

Interests (If Applicable)

  • A genuine interest in a broad range of musical styles (Desirable)


If you are interested in this job role, please send an email to, the subject line as ‘Copyright Analyst’, with your CV and a Covering Letter

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