Music: Licensing

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th October 2012.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

holding answer 18 October 2012

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend Vince Cable, has not assessed the cost to small businesses of the Performing Rights Society and Phonographic Performance Ltd. However, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend Mr Davey, to the hon. Member for Warrington South on 5 September 2011, Hansard, column 333W:

“The broader licensing and enforcement framework is set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The collecting society functions of PRS, PPL, and other collecting societies are not specifically regulated by the Government at present. However, the Government have recently accepted a recommendation made by Professor Ian Hargreaves, in his independent review of Intellectual Property and Growth, that collecting societies be regulated through codes of conduct that enshrine minimum standards of fairness and transparency and which govern their relations with licensees.”

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill currently being taken through Parliament would provide the Government with a power to enforce a statutory code of conduct if self regulation by Collecting Societies fails to meet those minimum standards.

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