The Copyright Tribunal is a first-instance tribunal in the United Kingdom with jurisdiction over commercial licensing disputes.
It was established by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The tribunal’s jurisdiction covers the whole of the UK.
On 20 March 2008 the Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee published its Second Report of Session 2007–08, ‘The work and operation of the Copyright Tribunal [HC 245]’ which sets out the tribunal responsibilities.
In 2010 the Copyright Tribunal was listed as to be 'Abolished with Reservations' under the 2010 UK quango reforms. However, as of July 2023 it is still active.
Its principal task is adjudicating disputes between collective licensing agencies (such as the Copyright Licensing Agency) and persons (natural or legal) who consider they have been unreasonably refused a licence or offered unreasonable terms.
Collective management organisations have the authority t