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Post-Brexit regulations offers ‘threat and opportunity’, says UK Music

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The post-Brexit regulatory legal environment offers the biggest threat and opportunity to the music industry, says UK Music.

Jo Dipple, the organisation’s chief executive, made the comments as part of a panel at the MUSEXPO Europe conference yesterday (19 September).

Commenting, she said: ‘It’s a huge opportunity if the government gets its act together and gets the market right.

‘But it’s also a big threat as coming out of Europe – [this is] where the copyright legislation we adhere to originates from, [so it] means we will be in a new world. However, the opportunities were tied to global treaties – so actually the threat of coming out of the European copyright framework is already secured by these international treaties.’

‘If the British government can get this digital economy bill to represent rightsholders in the way we want them to, then it’s a massive opportunity for the UK market to be the strongest place for UK-generated IP to find its feet.’

Jo cited two pieces of current legislation. The first is a new European directive looking at the liability of intermediaries. The second is the digital economy act going through the House of Commons which has, according to Jo, so far failed to include every aspect UK Music believes needs to be included.

‘We’ve got a brave new world ahead of us for the music industry – but the threat of what the new legislative framework may look like.’

Jo appeared as part of a panel exploring ‘the state of the European sonic Union’ moderated by Music Week editor Mark Sutherland.

Alongside Jo, the panel featured Virgin EMI president Ted Cockle, label head at Music for Nations Julie Weir, Sony/ATV UK MD and president of European creative Guy Moot, BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and director, BBC Music, Bob Shennan and Ticketmaster UK managing director Andrew Parsons.

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