ALCS submission on copyright protection for AV performances

21 June 2021

ALCS has recently made a submission to a consultation by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on the ratification of the Beijing Treaty, which deals with the rights of performers in audiovisual (AV) performances.

The Treaty was signed by the UK in 2013 and looks at how to secure fair rewards for performers in AV performances and support the creative industries.

ALCS’ submission for the consultation focused on ensuring copyright protection is balanced between AV performers and musicians for performances. We suggested changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) that would include performers in relation to AV productions, helping to level the playing field and secure fairer remuneration. We also called for a flexible approach to the ratification of the Treaty, which would allow for reciprocal entitlement to benefit rights and collections in other states that have also ratified it.

The submission was formed in collaboration with BECS and Directors UK, as the consultation covers important matters of principle for collective management organisations (CMOs) and performers when it comes to copyright, making it important to have a strong collective voice when advising the Government on the appropriate way to remunerate AV performers.

Read the full submission here.

Find out more about the IPO’s consultation here.