Licensing: Music

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect on charities and other not-for-profit groups of the proposed changes to the music licence system.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)

It is essential that third sector organisations are protected from excessive burdens and experience minimal disruption as they continue to provide their vital services. At the same time we value the contribution musical performers make to the economic and cultural success of our country. We have got to make sure that they are rewarded for their efforts so they can continue creating. We must find a balance which is fair to both sides and is consistent with EU and international law.

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