Musicians: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of James Frith James Frith Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of leaving the Digital Single Market on the royalties earned in EU countries by UK musicians.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

No such assessment has been made to date. This is because rights holders tend to use collective management organisation (CMOs) to collect and distribute royalties earned in other EU countries. UK and EU CMOs enter into reciprocal agreements with each other to do this. These are private commercial agreements between the parties which we would expect to continue after the UK has exited the Digital Single Market.

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