The International record industry reacted to a recent decision by the UK Government not to press the European Commission to extend the term of copyright protection. As expected, the industry's important people had released statements to the press about the decision, which they found shocking and unfair to recording artists and companies alike. Here are some of the notable responses.
"The UK is a world-beating source of great music, so it is frustrating that on the issue of copyright term the Government has shown scant respect for British artists and the UK recording industry. Some of the greatest works of British music will soon be taken away from the artists who performed them and the companies that invested in them. Extending copyright term would promote vital investment in young talent and new music, all of which will help to secure the UK’s future as an exciting music market."Source:
John Kennedy, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Chairman & CEO
"This was a test of Government support for British music which it has failed. Ministers appear to have selective hearing on this issue – they have ignored the views of artists and their union, managers, record labels and now even a Parliamentary Select Committee. Opposition MPs and many Labour backbenchers understand the value of fair copyright and support term extension. We will continue to put forward the strong case for fair copyright in Europe. It is profoundly disappointing that we are forced to do so without the backing of the British Government."
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive, British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
"It seems unjust to deny UK musicians and record labels the same lifetime benefits from their work that other creators enjoy in both the music industry, and in other creative industries. The huge enjoyment derived by fans, of our great legacy of recordings, will cease to earn the artists who made them a penny. This has to be wrong while they are still often reliant on those earnings."
Alison Wenham, AIM Chief Executive and Chairman.
"Thousands of musicians have no pensions and rely on royalties to support themselves. These people helped to create one of Britain's most successful industries, poured money into the British economy and enriched people's lives. They are not asking for a handout, just a fair reward for their creative endeavours."
Roger Daltrey, singer, The Who