Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society is extending the licensing rights available to TV-program producers.

The collecting society has launched the Independent Production Company License (IPC), which is aimed at independent productions commissioned by TV networks that do not have an MCPS blanket license.

The IPC provides a one-stop license to access 10 million pieces of music, including full tracks. It applies not only to programs aired on standard linear broadcast, but also those that are available via video-on-demand, mobile and online services.

The new license is considered a major improvement on the previous system, which required program producers to negotiate directly with every individual rights holder to clear the copyright.

"The IPC license represents a change in the way MCPS works with production companies and has been developed in response to a clear demand from the production sector," comments Jeremy Fabinyi, MCPS' executive director, in a statement.

"It's a quick and efficient way to use music and reflects recent changes in terms of trade."