The BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited (BPI) is the UK national group for the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) and is a member of the Internet Enforcement Group.
Our members comprise of over 400 record companies in the United Kingdom. Between them our members are responsible for the production or distribution of the vast majority of sound recordings sold and/or distributed legally within the United Kingdom. The BPI is also mandated to act on behalf of the members of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)and in this respect, to protect the rights in the sound recordings that are owned or controlled by members of PPL, as well those that are owned or controlled by BPI.
Part of our work involves monitoring the internet and taking action against persons that use, facilitate, enable and/or authorise the use of sound recordings in a manner that infringes the rights of the members of BPI and PPL.
Music piracy refers to the illegal duplication and distribution of sound recordings and includes three specific forms: Bootleg, Counterfeit and Pirate.
Bootleg recordings are the unauthorised recordings of a live concert, or a musical broadcast on radio or television.
Counterfeit recordings are unauthorised recordings of the prerecorded sound as well as the unauthorised duplication of original artwork, label, packaging and trademark.
Pirate recordings are the unauthorised duplications of only the sound of legitimate recordings. The packaging may not duplicate the original art, label, title, sequencing, combination of titles, etc. Pirate recordings can also include unauthorised demos, outtakes, compilations, and unreleased tracks.
1. General Information about Auctions
2. Information about Infringing Items
3. Information for Buyers
4. More Information about the BPI
1. GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT AUCTIONS (back to FAQs)
Q 1.1 Why was my auction removed?
Q 1.2 If my auction was removed, will I hear from the BPI again?
Q 1.3 What will happen if I re-list or list another infringing item?
Q 1.4 There are many other auctions on eBay similar to the one I was selling, why was I singled out?
Q 1.5 The product I was selling was one that I bought from another eBay auction, why wasn’t I allowed to resell it?
Q 1.6 Why did eBay allow me to post my auction if it was against the law?
A. eBay does not generally pre-screen auctions and does not verify that sellers have the right to sell the listed item. Please see eBay’s terms and conditions.
Q 2.1 What music can I sell on eBay?
Q 2.2 Is there an easy way to identify infringing products?
Q 2.3 I was only selling back up copies on CD-R, surely this is allowed?
Q 2.4 I am selling promotional copy of a CD. Is this allowed?
Q 2.5 Can I sell recorded music performances that I or someone else has taken?
Q 2.6 Is it ok to sell MP3s purchased from online legal services?
Q 2.7 Is it ok to sell MP3 players and hard-drives pre-loaded with music?
3.1 The item is highly unlikely to be legal if the packaging looks unprofessional.
3.2 Frequently a bootleg will include live performances that were never released as official merchandise. If you are unsure about what is and is not a bootleg visit our website. A good number of bootleg and pirate recordings are factory pressed (non CD-R) and may appear to be legitimate releases. Many of these recordings are described as “rare” or “imports” and originate from outside the United Kingdom.
3.3 Remember that when purchasing unathorised material, artists do not receive any financial rewards for their works. Sellers will try to sell bootlegs at high prices.
Please contact us if you have any questions. We welcome any information regarding the sale of infringing items.
BPI Anti Piracy Unit
020 7803 1300