UK Music welcomes new government IP education campaign

UK Music welcomes  new government IP education campaign

In a speech this morning to an invited group from intellectual property (IP) based industries, Business Secretary Vince Cable hailed greater respect for Intellectual Property as key to maximising UK economic growth.

Cable underlined the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy and called for a long-term focus on education in order to maintain the creative and innovative competitiveness of the UK.

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music said:

“Something we do in this country better than anyone else is produce raw creative talent. Creative talent is what defines our cultural heritage. Underpinning it is our intellectual property and this must be respected by Government and consumer alike.

I particularly welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that a new national consumer campaign will be launched in the spring to help raise awareness about counterfeiting and piracy and ensure that the rights of creators and innovators are better enforced.

I am very pleased that the kind of work UK Music has been doing with the Intellectual Property Office on education is being recognised as crucial to changing consumer behaviour. Last month we help launched MusicBiz with Newton Faulkner, in which young people develop advertising campaigns to show the value and importance of their intellectual property.

I look forward to implementing other ideas planned in partnership with government, including an online game. A strong and collaborative education campaign will ensure a wider understanding of the importance of copyright and maintain the UK’s standing as a world leader in music and talent.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The full BIS press release can be found here:

http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Cable-announces-step-change-to-turn-ideas-into-growth-684f6.aspx

More information on MusicBiz can be found here:

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/musicbiz-prizes.htm

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