UK Music is disappointed that the Government has ignored important warnings from Parliament and industry about technical flaws in legislation to introduce a much needed exception to copyright for private copying.
Following a Parliamentary debate, held on the 29th July 2014, the Government’s proposal is expected to come into force in October, through the implementation of the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014.
Strong legal concerns from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments delayed the implementation of the Regulations. MPs and Peers have highlighted concerns about the damaging implications of its policy. Industry has repeatedly offered to work with Government to amend the legislation to satisfy these concerns.
Despite this, the Government is proceeding with implementing a proposal which will have a negative effect on creative talent in the UK. The Musicians’ Union (MU) and The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) have expressed particular concern about the implications these exceptions will have on their members’ livelihoods.
We are disappointed that the private copying exception will be introduced without providing fair compensation for British songwriters, performers and other rights holders within the creative sector. A mechanism for fair compensation is a requirement of European Law.
In response we are considering our legal options.
For further information contact:
Richard Elsen, Byfield Consultancy
Tel: +44 207 092 3990
Mob: +44 7886 757 307