Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000

Reference of licensing scheme to Controller.

343.—(1) Where a licensing scheme is in operation and a dispute arises with respect to the scheme between the operator of the scheme and—

(a) a person claiming that he or she requires a licence in a case of a description to which the scheme applies, or

(b) an organisation claiming to be representative of such persons,

that operator, person or organisation may refer the scheme to the Controller in so far as it relates to cases of that description.

(2) The Controller shall not consider a reference by an organisation under subsection (1) unless the Controller is satisfied that the organisation is representative of the class of persons that it claims to represent.

(3) A scheme which has been referred to the Controller under subsection (1) shall remain in operation until proceedings in relation to the reference are concluded.

(4) The Controller shall consider the matter referred to him or her and shall make an order, confirming or varying the scheme, as the Controller may determine to be reasonable in the circumstances.

(5) An order under subsection (4) may be made for such period as the Controller may determine.