Useful links to industry organisations can be found here.
The VSC is an administrator of the PEGI age rating system and is responsible for rating video games released in the UK. It also acts as a standards body for the video and video games industries.
Film Distributors' Association Ltd. (FDA) is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK.
The British Association for Screen Entertainment is the trade body that represents the interests of publishers and rights owners of video entertainment.
The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) represents the interests of over 90 per cent of UK cinema operators by number and market share. The UKCA membership includes single screen/owner managed sites as well as the largest circuit and multiplex operators.
The Industry Trust was set up in 2004 to help promote copyright and all the good stuff it does. We work together with our member companies (from film studios to retailers) to spread the word about the positive role copyright plays.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft is the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of its members’ Intellectual Property (IP).
A unique coalition of trade and enforcement organisations. Providing a single voice for those who share an interest in promoting innovation and growth through intellectual property in the UK.
The Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) is a leader in audiovisual copyright compliance, supporting legal access across five continents and more than 30 countries. Established more than 30 years ago, MPLC represent more than 900 rightsholders worldwide, from major Hollywood studios to independent and local producers. MPLC’s mission is to secure the copyright law by offering an easy and affordable MPLC Umbrella Licence and hereby legitimise existing and future public exhibitions of audiovisual works. MPLC works closely with a variety of institutions and anti-piracy groups and is dedicated to the education of organisations, facilities and companies about copyright law and compliance.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a professional membership association formed in 1881. It represents trading standards professionals working in the UK and overseas - in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors and in central government.
Ask About Games share real family stories about choosing games, understanding age ratings and the best way to enjoy them together. Find information and advice to make playing video games a more collaborative and creative experience.
Friendly WiFi is a government-initiated safe certification standard for public WiFi. The Friendly WiFi symbol tells you where the service meets minimum filtering standards – particularly in areas where children are present.
Approved venues and locations worldwide displaying the Friendly WiFi symbol have proved their service blocks access to pornography, images and videos of child sexual abuse and web pages known by the Internet Watch Foundation to host indecent images of children. The certification means users of Public WiFi services know for sure their online WiFi experience is safe.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a safe place for children.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.
5Rights provides a framework of five simple rights by which everyone – parents, teachers, corporations, governments, technology companies and young people themselves, can interrogate how they interact with young people in the digital world.
Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.
The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) is a collaborative forum through which government, the tech community and the third sector work together to ensure the UK is the safest place in the world to be online.
UKCIS is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Education and the Home Office.
Mobile Classification Framework
A free, two tier appeals procedure operates under the Mobile Classification Framework. It is open to any website owner, content provider, consumer or any other person who has an interest in the material, who is dissatisfied with the application of the Classification Framework given by the BBFC in respect of a piece of content. An appeal may only relate to whether or not the BBFC considers the content in question suitable only for adults, and is applicable for access via mobile networks only (not wi-fi).
In the first instance, the appellant should contact the appropriate Operator, which will consider the issue. This process will take no more than five working days.
Appeals may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Appeals may be sent to Contentclassification@vodafone.com.
Appeals may be sent to ShieldAV@o2.com.
Appeals may be sent to email@example.com.
Accessible Screenings UK is a listing site to help you find information on accessible screenings in UK Cinemas, including audio described, autism friendly and subtitled and captioned screenings.
Your Local Cinema is a listing site for screenings of the latest films with English-language subtitles for people with hearing loss.