Nieuw UK Music verbond lanceert "super-coalitie" tegen piraterij

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Een hele resem koepelorganisaties en belangenverenigingen in de Britse muziekindustrie hebben zich verenigd in "UK Music". Hun voornaamste actiepunten zijn een vijfjaren-plan tegen piraterij en een pleidooi bij beleidsmakers om de auteursrechterlijke bescherming te verlengen.
A new umbrella organisation formed to represent Britain's entire music industry will today promise to deliver a five-year plan to plot a safer course for a sector that has been battered in the past decade.

UK Music intends to replace the disparate voices of the confusing tangle of bodies that previously represented the industry, frequently with conflicting viewpoints.

Its chief executive Feargal Sharkey, the former Undertones lead singer who has since forged a career in music policy, promised it would present a united front to the challenges facing the industry and speak with a coherent voice to the press, and lobby policymakers in Westminster and Brussels.

Sharkey said the new body would mark "a bold new chapter for the UK's commercial music industry", with the launch of a manifesto and a collective submission to the government on illegal file sharing.

Another early target will be to press for the extension of the copyright term, currently limited to 50 years.

Its founding members include the record label trade body the BPI, the Association of Independent Music, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, performing rights body the MCPS-PRS Alliance, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Publishers Association, the Musicians Union and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).
(via the Guardian)

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