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MU Evolves its Copyright Registration Service

After member feedback and as part of our commitment to the climate, we’re no longer issuing CDs. Instead, we’re offering sound advice on how members can best protect themselves.

Published: 16 February 2022 | 2:58 PM Updated: 17 March 2022 | 10:29 AM
Close up of pile of CDs, showing rainbow colours in the refraction of the light.
After member feedback and as part of commitment to the climate, we’re no longer issuing CDs. Image credit: Shutterstock.

MU Head of Membership, Wasim Yunus says:

"This is another important step forward in putting into practice our Environmental Policy, and in our commitment to becoming a sustainable, environmentally friendly organisation our members can be proud of."

FAQs about the change

Why have you taken this decision?

After listening to members’ feedback, and bearing in mind our environmental policy, the Executive Committee at their February 2022 meeting endorsed the proposal to stop issuing CDs.

This is our second major action following the phasing out membership cards, and we’re proud to be actively working to reduce our members carbon footprint.

We all have an obligation to the environment so, like organisations in all sectors, we’re also supporting sustainability and limiting our impact on the climate by working towards becoming a zero-plastic organisation as soon as possible.

Don’t you send out CDs anymore?

No. Instead we’ll guide and advise our members on how they protect themselves by keeping our guidance relevant and external links up to date.

When does change take effect?

Immediately. We want to lead the way in becoming a sustainable, environmentally friendly organisation our members can be proud of.

What will happen to the CD I’ve already sent to you?

For those members who’ve sent us CDs before the decision was taken by the EC, rest assured they’re stored securely. We’ll keep them for however long record retention requires us to.

How can I protect my work?

We have lots of useful information on our website. A good starting point is our Copyright Advice for Songwriters and Composers page.

You can also contact us if you believe your copyright has been infringed. You may be eligible for legal advice or assistance.


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