What We Do
To be a clear and representative voice for the United Kingdom image licensing industry.
Who We Represent
BAPLA represents image licensors.
Founded in 1975, BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and agencies, now incorporating a broad and diverse membership, including: sole traders; major stock, production and news agencies; SMEs; cultural heritage industries and technology companies.
A substantial percentage of images seen every day in print and digital media is supplied by BAPLA members.
Our Core Objectives
Represent members of all sizes and types
Support best practice amongst members in their business dealings
Encourage developments that assist members to connect with new and existing markets
Inform picture buyers and the creative industry about our members' collections, products and services
Provide members with relevant business information
Engage with members and the creative community to share and extend industry knowledge
Lobby at a national and international level to protect members' interests
Promote strong, fair and effective copyright and IP rights
Work with other organisations in the creative industry that share our objectives
In order to fulfil its mission to support, inform and protect, BAPLA aims to adhere to the following strategies
Provide excellent services to the membership to ensure we retain existing members, attract new members, and engage members in BAPLA's activities. This will be fulfilled by delivering an innovative programme of online and in-person events throughout the year, developed with members needs and interests in mind.
Work with stakeholders, partners, government representatives, politicians and institutions, to carry forward lobbying work to ensure members' business activities are considered and protected in response to issues that may develop during the year. Continuing active membership in essential creative industry trade industry remains a fundamental strategic approach.
Maximise BAPLA’s existing revenue streams, develop new revenue streams and control expenditure so as to balance the budget, to enable our ability to deliver membership value.
BAPLA is a member of the Alliance for IP, The British Copyright Council, Creators Rights Alliance and The Creative Industries Federation. We are a founding member of CEPIC (Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage) and maintain close ties with the DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association).