UK Music campaigns on behalf of the music industry to ensure emerging technology is supportive of the creative industries and that the music industry is at the forefront of innovation.

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UK Music campaigns on behalf of the music industry to ensure legislation is supportive of the creative industries continued ability to innovative emerging technologies.

Action On Text and Data Mining

Presently, one key challenge has been the potential threat posed by a plan that would allow technology firms to data mine the music of UK creators. 

This threat emerged in the summer of 2022 following the publication of the Government’s response to its consultation, Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Copyright and Patents

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) proposed the introduction of a new copyright exception, which would allow the mining of text and data for any purpose, including copying music without permission, and without the option for writers and artists to opt out.

The proposal triggered fierce opposition right across the UK music industry, and the wider cultural industries.

UK Music believes the proposal would allow third parties to copy creative works, including music, for data mining purposes, without the need to ask creators and rightsholders for permission.

Not only does the plan remove any opportunity for creators to get compensation for their creativity and talent, creators would also be unable to prevent any abuse of their work by a computer programme.

UK Music has called on the Government to reject the plan ahead of any proposed legislation.

We have been taking every opportunity to brief MPs about the threat.

In July 2022, we sent a letter to the Culture Secretary warning about the potential impact of the plans, which can be read here. 

We also set out our concerns in evidence in response to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Inquiry into Creative Future, which can be read here.

If you’d like to understand more about the issue our legal consultant Florian Koempel has written a helpful piece outlining the issues in more detail here.