Regulating the Collecting Societies

About this project
John Street Simone Schroff
Lead investigator(s):
- Prof John Street
- Dr Simone Schroff

Start Date: 21st March 2013
End Date: 20th March 2015


Collecting societies are key to the operation of the copyright regime and, as the Hargreaves Review noted, their regulation is an ever more pressing issue. Currently, there are various regulatory regimes in operation, extending from statutory regulation to self-regulation. This project has investigated how these different regimes came into existence, and how collecting societies (both within and between countries) are responding to the challenges that they currently face. It has explored the likely impact of the EU Directive on collective managements on collecting societies. 

Project outputs include:

  • Collective Management Organisations, Creativity and Cultural Diversity - This Working Paper considers the contribution public
    policy intervention makes to creativity. 
  • Creativity, Competition and the Collecting Societies - this paper was presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Gijon, Spain in June 2013.
  • Copyright, Collective Management Organisations and Cultural Diversity in the Single European Digital Music Market -  this paper was presented at Creativity, Circulation and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age, Cambridge, UK in March 2014.
  • Collecting societies and European cultural diversity: the end of an era? - this paper was presented at IASPM (Panel - Music and Copyright: Creativity, Diversity and Commerce), Cork, Ireland in September 2014.