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Mon, 11th January 2010
The Government has set out its plans to support the UK’s digital economy and creative industries, including measures to combat illegal filesharing, as well as proposals to extend collective licensing. The full text of the Digital Economy Bill can be viewed here. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has also published the Government's response to the consultation on proposed legislation to address illicit peer-to-peer file-sharing. The document can be viewed here. Feargal Sharkey...
Mon, 11th January 2010
A national competition for prisoners and young offenders will be the first project undertaken by Park Street Music CIC – a new Community Interest Company that aims to promote social inclusion through song-writing. Park Street Music CIC was established this summer by music industry professionals Jacqui Norton, Kevin White, Tony Platt and Steve Pigott. Collectively their music industry backgrounds include music publishing, song-writing, music production/recording engineering, music business...
Mon, 11th January 2010
The 2010 PRS AGM will take place on 29 April. There will be 6 writer vacancies and 3 publisher vacancies on the PRS Board. Those directors retiring (and eligible to stand for re-election) are William Booth, Peter Callander, Nigel Elderton, Guy Fletcher, Nicky Graham, Eddie Gregson, Richard King, Steve Levine and Mitch Murray. All full members are eligible for election to the Board. Any individual interested in standing should contact companysecretary@prsformusic.com / 020 7306 4055. The...
Mon, 11th January 2010
Copyright is the basis for creativity. It is one of the cornerstones of Europe's cultural heritage, and of a culturally diverse and economically vibrant creative content sector. In Europe, the cultural and creative sectors (from published content such as books, newspapers and magazines via musical works and sound recordings, to films, video on demand and video games) generates a turnover of more than € 650 billion annually, contributes to 2.6% of the EU's GDP and employs more than 3% of the EU...
Mon, 11th January 2010
Google, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers filed a modified version of the Google Books Settlement with the Court on Friday 13 November. Preliminary Court approval of the amended Settlement and of the Supplemental Notice has now been granted. The Amended Settlement only extends to Books and Inserts published in the US, Canada, Australia or the UK by 5 January. The definitions of Book and Insert have also been revised to exclude works where more than 20% of the pages...
Mon, 11th January 2010
AIM and UK Trade & Investment have announced the 5th Annual Indie Music Trade Mission to America. The US is by far the largest music market in the world representing 33% of worldwide sales. The mission is to help build relationships by bringing UK companies to meet the US industry. The mission offers companies an excellent opportunity to visit the biggest music market in the world, whether seeking to develop new business or maintaining relationships with existing contacts. The one day...
Mon, 11th January 2010
Around 750 guests descended upon the London Hilton on Park Lane for the 50th Annual MPA Christmas Lunch. Those present added their own sparkle to this glittering occasion, with some opting to add a subtle touch of gold to their outfit, whilst others went for full on bling. MPA chairman Nigel Elderton awarded the prestigious MPA Gold Badge to Jonathan Simon in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the publishing industry, including longstanding service on the MPA Board, and more...
Mon, 11th January 2010
ICMP has submitted its response to the European Commission's reflection paper “Creative : Challenges for the Future Challenges for the Future  “Creative Content in a European Digital Single Market: Challenges for the Future” “Creative Content in a European Digital Single Market: Challenges for the Future “