Licensing: Music

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

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effect on charities and voluntary groups of changes to exemptions from public performance rights in sound recordings and performers' rights.

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

The most recent assessment was undertaken as part of our consultation process in 2009. We commissioned a final impact assessment from independent consultants, Europe Economics. It was published on 12 November 2009 with the Government Response and a summary was placed in the House Library.

The exact impact will be determined by the outcome of consultations between Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and the organisations concerned. 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. As part of this process it is essential that PPL work with the third sector to agree reasonable and appropriate tariffs. The Government want to ensure that discussions between PPL and the third sector are facilitated so that the outcome is satisfactory for all concerned. A mutually agreed solution is vital if the needs of both PPL members and the third sector are to be met. I remain confident that this will be possible.

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