BPI launches online portal to help labels and musicians

July 2015

Recorded music, artistes



The BPI has launched its new Copyright Protection Portal at a Midem
The portal is intended to help labels, musicians and music businesses see where illegal copies of their music are being made available illegally online and track how BPI is responding.
This tool will be available free of charge to all BPI members, PPL’s performers and members of AIM (The Association of Independent Music) who are registered with PPL.
The portal will allow users to upload their repertoire into BPI’s bespoke crawlers and to view the ‘pirate activity’ that has been prevented or “disrupted”.
It will show how many infringing links have been removed from Google and other search results, how many links have been removed via notice and take down from the source or website hosting them without permission, and which tracks from a label or musician’s repertoire are being pirated the most and on which sites.
Commenting at the launch of the Copyright Protection Portal at Midem, BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “BPI is absolutely committed to protecting the creativity, hard work and investment of UK musicians and labels.  We are the leading force removing illegal copies of British music online and preventing illegal sites from targeting UK fans.
This new portal will allow musicians and labels to see how our team is protecting their music on a daily basis.  It will help us work together directly with more individual labels and performers and build further on the progress we are making in reducing music piracy levels in the UK.”
Dave Wood, director of copyright protection at the BPI said: “The BPI’s Copyright Protection Unit is always exploring new ways to ensure music is enjoyed legitimately online. In such a fast-moving digital sector, we have to be ahead of those who feel it is justified to illegally distribute music and make money off other people’s creativity.
“The daily updating of this Portal will be critical in helping us to protect more music repertoire than ever before and we hope that the industry will work with us to ensure it does the job it has been set up to do. We’re extending an invitation to anyone who is interested to visit us at Midem or back in London to find out more.”
The BPI recently revealed that UK artists accounted for 13.7 per cent of artist albums sold around the world. The global retail value of British recorded music is estimated at around $2.75 billion in 2014. BPI’s Music Market 2015 also reveals that streaming doubled in 2014, while compilation album sales rose a third successive year. The rate of decline in CD sales slowed and vinyl enjoyed a 20-year high, reflecting an emerging ‘multi-channel’ dynamic

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