Own-it | Intellectual Property Know-How for Creative Businesses


Collecting Societies

Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

Collecting societies are non-profit making private organisations created to enable rights holders to license certain uses of their works on their behalf, such as public performance of music and photocopying of published material. Different societies collect for different creative interests. The following acronyms are useful: DACS (designers & artists), ALCS (authors), PRS, MCPS and PPL (music performance) and VPL (music videos). 

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: Greefus Groinks


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


  1. Be the first to comment on this story.


You must be logged in to post comments. Please sign in below or register here.


Knowledge Search
    • Today
    • Last Week
    • Past 30 days
    • No Limit
    • Last Month
    • Any Sector
    • Advertising & Marketing
    • Architecture
    • Design
    • Designer Maker
    • Digital/New Media
    • Fashion
    • Film & Video
    • Museums & Galleries
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Photography
    • TV & Radio
    • Visual Arts
    • Writing & Publishing

Related content

  • Business secretary hi...

    Continued collaboration between the UK and Chin... view story

  • Collaboration

    A tricky concept for lawyers, collaboration occ... view article