BASCA's primary purpose is to campaign for the rights of composers and songwriters. We successfully achieve this through our partnerships with likeminded organisations both in the UK and Europe.
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Over the past few years there have been major changes to the way in which copyright is managed online resulting in confusion over who owns the rights to songs and how those songs can be licensed. BASCA believes that a strong collective licensing regime is the only way for writers to keep control of their rights and maintain their careers.
Commission Fee Guidelines
In 2005 the Office of Fair Trading ruled that BASCA’s Commission Fee Guidelines were in breach of Competition Law and ordered BASCA to cease its publication. However, BASCA was advised that the objection does not apply to the circulation of historical information on rates that have been paid. BASCA continues to collect this information for the benefit of its members.
Gigs and Clubs Scheme
This is a scheme set up by PRS For Music which allows bands who have performed in small venues to send in details and a set list to the collection society and receive a small payment.
Hargreaves Review and Implementation
This government initiative sought to ascertain whether or not copyright is fit for the digital age. It aimed to identify potential barriers to growth within the IP framework, consists of the rules and regulations covering how IP is created, used and protected in the UK.