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ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organsiation and action group created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries.

Membership fees are based on the annual turnover of your business, and a free legal advice and a design registration service is offered to ACID members. ACID recently won a landmark copyright case on behalf of Nouveau Fabrics, a Yorkshire-based design and upholstery firm.

Adelphi Charter

The Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property responds to one of the most profound challenges of the 21st century:

How to ensure that everyone has access to ideas and knowledge, and that intellectual property laws do not become too restrictive.The Charter sets out new principles for copyrights and patents, and calls on governments to apply a new public interest test. It promotes a new, fair, user-friendly and efficient way of handing out intellectual property rights in the 21st century.

The Charter has been written by an international group of artists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, economists, academics and business experts.

AIM - The Association of Independent Music

A trade body and membership organisation whichpromotes and protect music independents on a national and international level. AIM negotiates with the biggest players in the industry and government, andaims to assist the independent sector in relation to the increasingly complex issues which, in their words,"threaten to betray the apparent simplicity of selling good music."

AIM produces aguide to the business for new as well as established music professionals, available in an interactive CD-Rom format. Free to AIM members, or available to order.

Association of Illustrators

Membership trade association which advances and protects illustrators' rights. Full members are able to access a dedicated hotline for copyright and other legal advice.

Association of Photographers

The Association of Photographers is a membership trade association that advances and protects the rights of photographers.

As a member of The Pyramide organisation, the AOP provides a lobby platform promoting author’s rights, and consults when relevant legislation is tabled across the EU.

There is a page and link on the site to the VCI (Visual Creators Index), which protects and promotes the rights of creators of visual images in the digital environment, and is currently engaged in setting a universal standard format for creator ID’s for marking digital images.


BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, visual art, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the United Kingdom. It offers various IP-related services to members including personal copyright advice, a script registration service and a copyright information booklet.

British Inventors Society

The British Inventors Society (BIS) was formed in December 2003. The team that came together includes leading inventors and innovators, academics and entrepreneurs who share a common belief – that invention is the vital spark that drives the world’s technology and new orders of wealth creation.

British Music Rights

BMR is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, The Music Publishers Association, The Performing Rights Society, The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, and that of their members.

It campaigns for the protection of music copyrights at national and European level, particularly in relation to new technologies. Visit the BMR website to keep up to date with the latest news and developments surrounding this issue.

Campaign for Creativity

If you’ve been ripped off by copyright pirates, this site invites you to send your IP tales of woe to EU policy-makers.

This campaigning site is run as a non-profit project by Simon Gentry, who argues that 17,000 jobs a year are lost in Europe due to intellectual property theft.

Centre for Creative Communities

The Centre for Creative Communities offers guidance on all stages of project management as well as personalised staff training to organisations and individuals interested in setting up collaborative community development projects utilising the arts, culture and/or heritage


Copyleft is a free licensing system which enables people to learn, develop and exchange ideas without the restrictions normally imposed by copyright law and royalties.

A relatively recent concept, it was developed by the Open Source movement, and is closely related to ‘Creative Commons’, also featured in this directory.


Copywatch protect copyright owners by offering a 20,000 pound reward for those reporting copyright infringement (specifically for the illegal, systematic photocopying of books, journals and magazines) within privateand public sector organsiations in the UK.

Creative Capital Platform Three

Advice and information service for London-based artists and arts professionals. Advice, career development and up-to-date information on services and resources in the capital.

Creative Clusters

Creative Clusters is a conference and network for people working in the development of creative industries. Join the Creative Clusters Network and get a free 40-slide presentation: What Are the Creative Industries? Why Do They Matter? How Can They Be Supported?

Creators' Rights Alliance

The Creators' Rights Alliance brings together the major organisations representing copyright creators and content providers throughout the media -- particularly, television, radio and the press. It campaigns to promote greater understanding of creators' intellectual property rights within the industry and among the public.

Design Council

The Design Council demonstrates and promotes the role of design in the UK via campaigns, research and development and a range of support services.

The easy-to-use website contains a comprehensive section on intellectual property, as well as case studies and lots of useful information about all aspects of design and the design process, written from a variety of perspectives.

Digital Content Forum

The DCF forms a two-way conduit between UK industry and government to gather views and input into policy-making processes around the digital industry, including numerous fast-moving IP issues.

Individuals and companies involved in the production or use of digital content who wish to offer input into government policy developments can participate through their relevant trade association, which are listed on the site.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

US-based campaigners working to protect free expression and digital rights.

Their directories on copyright hold extensive archives on sometimes-complex IP issues and news related to music, file-sharing, software, video, domain names, broadcasting and many other related areas.

Entertainment and Leisure Software Publisher’s Association

The Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association aims to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video games industry.

ELSPA works to protect, promote and provide for the interests of its members via a number of activities, including an active anti-piracy enforcement unit. 


Equity is a trade union which represents the 'professional entertainment' sector. Their membership includes actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters, walk-on and supporting artists, stunt performers and directors and theatre fight directors.

Equity offers copyright and other IP advice, including contract advice, to its members.

Federation Against Copyright Theft

The Federation Against Copyright Theft is a representative and investigative organisation for its member companies, who include major British and American film companies, media manufacturers and distributors, as well as companies within the television and satellite TV industries. The site offers much copyright information specific to film piracy issues.

Film Distributors’ Association

The Film Distributors' Association Ltd (FDA) is the trade body representing theatrical film distributors in the UK.

The association promotes a distribution perspective on the cinema industry, including film piracy and other IP issues. They also run the ‘Piracy is a Crime’ campaign.


Mazorca Projects

Promotes and supports designer-makers enabling them to develop from sole traders into small businesses and beyond. Trading arm of the not-for-profit project Hidden art.


US-based, sometimes-controversial news aggregator housing info on MP3, digital rights management and copyright.

Music Publishers' Association

The MPA is a membership trade organisation for music publishers. Acting on behalf of the music publishing business, the MPA takes also part in high-level national and international lobbying and the negotiation of various collective agreements, guidelines and schemes (see their site for more details.)

Their site offers various copyright guides for music publishers, including a guide to copyright licensing in schools.

Musicians’ Union

The Musicians’ Union offers members benefits such as copyright publications, free standard conrtacts and legal advice. The site’s ‘Files’ section has downloadable PDF guides covering licensing, merchandising and other IP info and the FAQ section offers copyright, permissions and publishing advice.

National Union of Journalists

The NUJ, which represents freelance writers, journalists, photographers and illustrators within its remit, provides a free two hour advice service to members who have problems with copyright and IP issues.

Piracy is a Crime

A non-profit making company formed and funded by the UK's home entertainment sector - distributors and retailers – which campaigns to stamp out digital piracy.


Pro-music is an international initiative to promote legitimate online music services and confront the myths surrounding online music piracy.

Alongside information on the growing number of legitimate online music sites, it features a step-by-step guide to the processes in making music and the teams of people involved, a cross-section of viewpoints on the piracy debate, and answers to frequently asked questions about copyright laws for online music.

Society of Artists' Agents

The Society of Artists' Agents seeks to promote the use of illustration and to unify and improve the working practices between illustrators, agents and clients. They produce an annual directory of illustrators called 'Originals', and runs an award ceremony.

The website contains a useful terms & conditions page which can be used as an outline for contractual negotiations between illustrator and client.


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