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Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist the music industry, with particular reference to intellectual property rights relating to that industry. (320604)

This Department conducted a review of copyright last year. The resulting strategy: ‘Copyright—the way ahead: A Strategy for Copyright in the Digital Age’ was published in October 2009. It can be found at:

This covered copyright issues relating to a range of creative industries, including the music industry, and made a number of commitments which we are working to deliver. These include measures in the Digital Economy Bill to combat online infringement of copyright.

The music industry is of course an integral part of the creative economy, for which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has responsibility. DCMS works closely with the music industry on a wide range of issues and, among other things, is setting up a number of community music rehearsal spaces around England in order to encourage and develop grass-roots talent. ‘Creative Britain—New Talents for the New Economy’, published in February 2008, and ‘Digital Britain’, published in June 2009, set the strategic direction for the Government's work to support the creative and digital sectors respectively and a programme of work in these areas is ongoing.