A competing claim happens when two or more members submit registrations to Screenrights for exactly the same title and the claims overlap in some way. This means that the members are asserting the same rights and claiming the same royalties.
When there is a competing claim it is unclear to Screenrights who is entitled to royalties for the title, so we ask our members to resolve the competing claim by reviewing their own claims and speaking with each other.
Informal approaches to resolving competing claims have proven to be very effective and inexpensive. Get started here.
We find the fastest way to resolve a competing claim is to pick up the phone and have a chat. It might be that the competing claim has been made unintentionally and a quick call to clarify is all that it takes to reach a resolution. Ask the other party to check that their registration reflects their contractual position and explain the basis of your entitlement to the royalties.
Find out more about competing claims here.
In limited cases the parties to a competing claim find that they are unable to reach a resolution themselves. If you find yourself in this position, don’t be shy in getting in touch with the Resolution Team to explore your options.
Please note that in relation to currently available royalties from the CCF Year and/or final year of a Distribution Period – this year covering royalties from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 distribution years – parties have the option of temporarily resolving a Competing Claim by limited mutual agreement on a suitable outcome, without resolving the underlying Competing Claim. See the CCRP for more information.