The Alliance for the Protection of Copyright (APC) has published an updated Code of Practice, which covers online and interactive content.

The latest edition of the code, which aims to avoid copyright disputes and create an industry “best practice” over written proposals, has been updated collaboratively by creatives, producers and broadcasters to protect both those who submit and those who receive creative proposals.

It includes practical guidelines on the submission of formats, treatments, scripts, outlines and development documents, as well as the submission of interactive and on-line content to film companies.

It has  been compiled by APC members, including Directors UK, Women in Film and Television and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, together with industry bodies such as UK producers group Pact.

Director of business affairs at Pact, Andrew Chowns said: “Competition for commissions is intense, so the code is a vital part of the process, ensuring there is protection for everyone involved. The Code will give confidence to the industry and ensure we continue to generate innovative creative and high quality content.”