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Copyright: Music

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between Ministers in his Department and (a) the Federation Against Copyright Theft and (b) the British recorded music industry in the last 12 months. (306023)

The information is as follows:

(a) There has been no correspondence between Ministers in this Department and the Federation Against Copyright Theft in the last 12 months.

(b) Copies of eight pieces of correspondence between Ministers in this Department and the British Recorded Music Industry (which we understand to mean the British Phonographic Industries) will be placed in the Library of the House. These do not include correspondence relating to the development of policy which it would be inappropriate to place in the public domain at this time.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have held with representatives from (i) the Federation Against Copyright Theft, (ii) the British recorded music industry and (iii) the Open Rights Group in the last 12 months. [R] [Official Report, 5 January 2010, Vol. 503, c. 1MC.] (306111)

Ministers have met with representatives from the British recorded music industry (which we understand to mean the British phonographic industries) on six occasions in the last 12 months. Officials were present at two of those meetings. Ministers also met representatives from the Featured Artists Coalition on one occasion. In addition, officials met bilaterally with representatives of the BRMI on three occasions, and were involved in several wider meetings.

Neither Ministers nor officials in my Department have met representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft or the Open Rights Group in the last 12 months. However, I had informal discussions with the Open Rights Group at the C&binet Conference held on 26-28 October.