Administrative Copyright Disputes

In the United Kingdom, certain types of disputes between parties relating to copyright may be heard before the Copyright Tribunal which is a division of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office.

The Copyright Tribunal has the authority to:

Hear cases from parties that have been unreasonably refused a licence by a collecting society.

Rule whether the terms that have been offered by a collecting society are unreasonable.

Settle disputes regarding royalties payable by TV listing companies to broadcasters.

In Ireland, disputes in relation to copyright licensing schemes are heard before the Controller of the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland. A Register of Copyright licensing bodies is maintained by the Controller.