Other areas of UK copyright policy, including Public Lending Right, Legal Deposit and licensing
CILIP and SCL's joint letter about MPLC
It has been brought to our attention that the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) has been approaching public libraries claiming that they must subscribe to its individual or umbrella licences for the purpose of ensuring the requirements of copyright legislation are met in relation to the “public performance” of films.
After consulting with the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA), CILIP drafted a letter advising Library Authorities to seek legal advice before taking out one of these licences due to concerns with:
- The producers’ repertoire covered by the MPLC licence
- The absence of an indemnity in the MPLC licence
- MPLC's assertion that the viewing of films on People’s Network computers requires a public performance licence.
This letter was issued jointly by CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL).
One purchaser, one user
An issue has recently been brought to LACA’s attention regarding printed publications that additionally provide access to web-based / electronic content. This occurs in various forms, including:
• Books including “once-only” access codes which require the user to then set up a unique username/password in order to access the web-based content
• Books or music scores including a code or download card which enable (often audio) files to be downloaded a single time
This publishing model, which essentially boils down to “one purchaser, one user”, is incompatible with library lending. A borrower who can only access the printed portion, and not the electronic content, is thus denied access to the entirety of the publication, which in some instances will render the work completely unusable.
LACA has been contacting publishers to alert them to this and invite them to work with us to find a solution.