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Performing Rights Royalties

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations she has received on performing rights royalties; and if she will review the operation of the system. [118988]

Hon. Members do, from time to time, forward their constituents' letters to me about performing rights royalties, but I have not recently received any direct representations on this subject. Copyright law that underpins these royalties is largely dictated by international and European law, but we are always open to any suggestions about how the system might be improved within those constraints.