Policy

Copyright

UK Music has been campaigning to the Government on behalf of the music industry to highlight the importance of protecting copyright for creators and rightsholders.

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UK Music has been campaigning to the Government on behalf of the music industry to highlight the importance of protecting copyright for creators and rightsholders.

Copyright provides a means for creators to monetise their work and gives incentives for investment in talent. Copyright infringement remains a major challenge for our industry. As does securing fair value from online services for the use of music.

The UK Government should use its new-found freedom from leaving the EU to create its own laws by developing the strongest copyright framework in the world and, equally importantly, uphold strong copyright protection in all future trade agreements.

By doing so the UK could become a cultural hub and act as the global destination to perform, record and do business. This is even more important given the strength of the UK music industry as a net exporter.

The Government needs to set out how it intends to ensure online platforms behave responsibly and take action to prevent illegal content appearing on their services.

UK Music will continue to represent its members to improve the way creators and those who invest in them are rewarded and that their copyright is properly protected.

This includes working with Government to address streamripping which, according PRS for Music, has increased by 1390% in the last three years and accounts for 80.2% of the most popular piracy websites, as well as ensuring infringement is classified as an economic harm.