The Copyright Tribunal


The Copyright Tribunal is an independent tribunal established by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Its main role is to adjudicate in commercial licensing disputes between collecting societies and users of copyright material in their business. It does not deal with copyright infringement cases or with criminal "piracy" of copyright works. Copyright infringement can be dealt with in the civil courts such as the High Court (Chancery Division), the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and certain county courts where there is also a Chancery District Registry. Criminal matters are dealt with in the criminal courts.

Where parties are unable to reach agreement in commercial licensing disputes they might also wish to consider, as an alternative to the Copyright Tribunal, mediation services. The IPO offers a mediation service.

About the Copyright Tribunal

Find out background information on the Copyright Tribunal, its members and administrative support available.

Decisions and orders issued

Decisions and orders of the Copyright Tribunal.


When the Tribunal has already made a decision in a particular area, the collecting society as well as the licensee may apply to the Tribunal to change that decision.

Further Information

How to obtain further information on legislation, decisions, practice directions and general enquires.

Fifth Special Report External Link

Fifth Special Report of Session 2007-08, The work of the Copyright Tribunal: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2007-08 (HC 637).

Reviewed 22 April 2014