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Intellectual Property Office and CMU to launch new free copyright guide for the music community next week

By | Published on Monday 15 March 2021


The UK government’s Intellectual Property Office and CMU Insights will next week launch a new guide to music rights that will help everyone in the music community better understand the ins and outs of music copyright, music licensing and how music rights make money. The free guide will be available online or to download as a PDF from next Monday. CMU will also present a series of free webinars and panel discussions following the launch.

The IPO is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property rights including copyright. With the shift to digital making it so much easier to record and share music, the IPO recognises that it’s more important than ever for all music-makers and other online creators to understand the basics of music copyright and music licensing. That’s why it commissioned CMU to create ‘Music Copyright Explained’.

Among other things, the easy-to-follow guide explains how copyright gives music-makers control over the songs and recordings they create. It also talks through how music-makers and the music industry generate income out of their music rights, and outlines all the key things music-makers and other creators need to know about music copyright and licensing.

The guide will be available online and as a PDF download from next Monday, 22 Mar. Three editions of the free ‘Music Copyright Explained’ webinar will take place in the week of launch, with a series of accompanying panels then taking place in early April.

Those will review the key copyright debates in the music community in 2021, explore the challenges for businesses looking to license music, and will consider how music educators can make sure students and early-career music-makers get the copyright knowledge they need.

Anyone making or using music can sign up to receive a free PDF copy of the guide as soon as it is published right now. They can also sign up for places at the free webinars next week, or the panel discussions in April. Check out all the information at