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Breakthrough in UK Music Campaign To Halt Plans For Music Laundering

News provided by: UK Music

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin plans to scrap the introduction of the Government’s broad copyright exception for text and data mining purposes.

Last summer the Government set out proposals to amend copyright law that would enable developers of artificial intelligence to exploit copyright protected works without the permission of creators and rightsholders.

The new copyright exception was greeted by a huge backlash from the UK Music industry, which likened the plans to "music laundering" and warned of a "catastrophic" impact on the sector.

A strong copyright framework is key to the success of the UK Music industry, providing economic tools to creators and those that invest in them. The Government’s proposal would have put this framework at risk and caused huge potential damage to a world-leading UK sector.

During a recent debate in the House of Commons, the intellectual property minister George Freeman said he and the DCMS Minister Julia Lopez felt that the proposals were not correct and that they would "not be proceeding with these."

Commenting on the announcement, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: "UK Music warmly welcomes the minister’s decision to scrap plans for a catastrophic blanket copyright exception."

UK Music Chief Executive, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin

Mr Njoku-Goodwin said: "The whole music industry has been united in its opposition to these proposals, which would have paved the way for music laundering and opened up our brilliant creators and rights holders to gross exploitation."

"We are delighted to see the back of a policy that risked irreparable damage to the global success story that is the UK Music industry."

"We now look forward to working with the Government to ensure any future plans are evidence-based and allow artificial intelligence and our world-leading creative industries to grow in tandem."



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