British regulations in music (Here are some examples of the UK Music’s…
British regulations in music
is the economic framework which underpins the music industry and other British creative industries
Copyright is the
of that framework.
Every song or recording made by a creator or artist
can be licensed for value in the UK and globally
, therefore generating a substantial positive balance of export income for the UK from copyright licensing. It provides an incentive to industry to invest in new creative content.
In simpler terms, by licensing the song or recording in the UK, it generates a greater amount of export profit due to copyright licensing
The growth of the internet and digital communications has fundamentally
changed the way we acquire and listen to music
The internet makes it
easier to create, market and sell music
, as well as
providing innovative services and platforms
to enjoy such creative content
At the same time, the opportunity to
acquire, and therefore
, copyright protected works is exponentially increased by the digital world. Copyright infringement causes
. The sector is committed to finding solutions to mitigate the damage, but this can’t be achieved alone.
In the UK, copyright is governed by
which is derived from
, as well as internationally via directives from European Union.
Copyright is also the subject of much political debate.
About UK Music
UK Music is the
of the UK’s
commercial music industry
, from songwriters and composers to artists and musicians, studio producers, music managers, music publishers, major and independent record labels, music licensing companies and the live music sector.
the UK’s commercial music sector, to
drive economic growth
promote the benefits of music to British society.
Here are some examples of the UK Music’s membership which comprises of:
FAC – The Featured Artists Coalition – the voice of the featured artists.
BPI - the trade body of the recorded music industry representing 3 major record
labels and over 300 independent record labels.
BASCA - British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors – BASCA is the professional association for music writers and exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing
AIM – Association of Independent Music - representing over 850 small and
medium sized independent music companies
MMF - Music Managers Forum - representing 425 managers throughout the
MPG - Music Producers Guild - representing and promoting the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music – including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers
MPA - Music Publishers Association - with 260 major and independent music publishers in membership, representing close to 4,000 catalogues across all genres of music
Musicians’ Union representing 30,000 musicians
What is regulation?
Regulation is the idea that
should be given
in order to
protect younger audiences
explicit content and ideas
Regulation is controlled by the
who set certain standards and ratings for different age groups who they believe should be
exposed to content specific to their age
through age ratings and certification
Youtube and VEVO work in partnership with the BBF on pilot schemes to age rate all music videos and artists who are signed for Sony music UK, Universal music UK and Warner music UK
The certificates these companies are looking to apply on online music video content are 12, 15 and 18 and it is expected that children below the age of 12 should be regulated by their parents and consent - not by online platforms
What do the BBFC regulate?
The BBFC regulate many differentaspects of music videos; this includes:
Dangerous behaviour presented as safe
Sexual behaviour and nudity
Threatening behaviour and violence