Music Industry Chiefs Urge Culture Secretary To Ditch 'Dangerous and Damaging' Plan To Allow Artificial Intelligence Firms To Data Mine The Music of UK Creators 06 Jul 2022
UK Music, the collective voice of the UK Music industry, has urged Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to dump "dangerous and damaging" plans to allow artificial intelligence companies to "launder" music to generate new content.
In a letter to the Culture Secretary, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin warns of the "drastic, unintended consequences" that the proposed changes could have on the UK's world-leading music industry, that generated £5.8 billion for the UK economy pre-pandemic.
The move follows the publication of the Government's response to its consultation Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: copyright and patents, which has triggered a fierce backlash across the UK music industry.
Commenting on the letter, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
"These proposals would give the green light to music laundering - if the government truly wants the UK creative industries to be world leading, they must urgently rethink these plans."
In its letter, UK Music says the industry is "greatly concerned about plans to allow third parties to use creative works, including music, for data mining purposes, without the need for creators and rightsholders to provide permission".
It calls on the Government to urgently reject the current plan ahead of any proposed legislation to ensure that the basic principles, which are the bedrock of the UK music industry, are not significantly undermined.
UK Music's intervention comes on British IP Day (Wednesday June 6) and has the strong support of all UK Music's members: - AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, and PRS for Music.
In the letter, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin writes:
"We are greatly concerned about plans to allow third parties to use creative works, including music, for data mining purposes, without the need for creators and rightsholders to provide permission.
"This would significantly undermine the basic principles that the creative industries are based on and runs contrary to the welcome ambition you have set out to protect our world-leading creative industries and build on their success. We seek your urgent intervention to reject the current plan ahead of any decision to take forward legislation.
"Pre-pandemic the music industry was worth £5.8 billion to the economy, generated exports of £2.9 billion and employed almost 200,000 people. It forms a key part of the UK's globally celebrated creative industries that are worth in excess of £100 billion to the UK – and a huge part of that success has been down to our robust copyright laws.
"However, the proposals on data mining risk undermining that framework and causing significant damage to a whole range of sectors."
In the letter, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin concludes:
"UK Music supports attempts to grow the UK's AI sector, yet this cannot be achieved by taking away vital tools that enable the music industry, and other IP reliant sectors, to innovate.
"These proposals are dangerous to the future prospects of our globally successful sector. As someone who has always championed our world leading creative industries and knows from personal experience just how important robust copyright protections are, we ask for your support to help to guarantee this proceeds no further."
NEWS & PRESS
The latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding sees the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) jointly committing £500,000 to help UK artists drawn largely from the independent community...more
deadmau5, Richie Hawtin, Octo Octa, Eris Drew, Kerri Chandler, Meta, Audius, shesaid.so, Women in Music and more in star studded speaker lineup for Beatport's ReConnect Summit
Beatport, the global leader of music for DJs, producers, and their fans, has announced the first slate of speakers for its inaugural ReConnect Summit in New York City taking place on September 21 and 22 at 74 Wythe (Superior Ingredients)...more
Financial Highlights Solid Underlying Streaming Growth Despite Ad-Supported Pressure Impressive Recovery of Artist Services with Continued Double-Digit Revenue Growth Continued Momentum in Music Publishing with Double-Digit Revenue Growth Significant Growth in Operating and Free Cash Flow For the three months ended June 30, 2022 Total revenue...more
beatBread (www.beatBread.com), the pioneering music funding platform that enables artists to access growth capital while maintaining control of their careers and ownership of their music, has rapidly expanded its reach by completing a series of white label agreements with fast...more
Bauer Media Audio has launched new, premium subscription audio services in Norway, combining the best attributes of the live radio experience with high quality on demand content and new levels of user choice and personalisation. Following on from the successful launches...more
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, has promoted Deepak Mohite to Chief Technology Officer (CTO), reporting jointly to ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews and to ASCAP...more
Birmingham 2022 has today unveiled the all-star line-up that will perform at the Commonwealth Games’ upcoming Closing Ceremony (8 Aug). Bringing to an end 11 days of incredible sport, this high octane production will celebrate the diverse musical heritage of the...more
Big stars, up-and-coming talent, family activities and fabulous food and drink will all be on offer on Saturday August 27th at this year's Folk in the Park, the annual, family-friendly live music festival in Sutton, in the heart of south...more
Bucks Music Group has signed double platinum selling songwriter Marvee Woods to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Woods first broke into the industry in the late ‘90s, featuring as a rapper on the C-Swing remix of A.W.O.L by UK R&B singer...more
Downtown Music-owned FUGA, the world’s leading full-service B2B distributor, announces the appointment of Sarah Landy as its SVP Americas. Effective immediately, Landy will join FUGA’s expanding LA office and oversee all business development and client relations for North and South...more
Radio has once again demonstrated its ongoing strength and popularity amongst UK audiences, after the latest RAJAR results reveal that 49m people across the country listen to radio each week. Bauer Media Audio UK secures an impressive 21m reach, while its biggest network...more
London based independent music company Distiller Music Group (Distiller) has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new division, which will focus on developing music based TV opportunities in the Virtual Reality (VR) space. In recent years Distiller has filmed and broadcast...more
Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023 to a more directly commercial role, after 25...more
Perfect Havoc has today launched a new NFT project on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea that celebrates its anniversary and five years of the leading UK dance music label https://opensea.io/perfecthavoc The NFT collection, created in collaboration with music industry creative lab Synthetic Artists,...more
The US Music division of international artist management company YMU, has announced the appointment of Elena Awbrey to the position of Executive Manager. Based in Los Angeles Elena, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report to Anthony Rodol, Managing Director, YMU...more
Crunch Digital launches beta version of TempoTM, an online tool for instantly identifying tracks available under existing music licenses
Crunch Digital, a leading independent provider of music rights management, royalty reporting and licensing services, has launched its beta version of TempoTM, a revolutionary, multi-dimensional sound recording curation and music publishing clearance platform that instantly confirms what music can be used under existing...more
Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, co-CEOs of PULSE Music Group and Ashley Calhoun, President, PULSE Music Group today announced the promotion of Annie Aberle to Vice President, A&R, PULSE Music Group. Aberle was previously Senior Creative Director, PULSE Music Group. Aberle is based at the...more
Ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, Beats by Dre (Beats) has linked up with the artist Gaia Alari and pre-eminent rapper Dave to produce a 60-second animated short starring Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford. “Never Beaten," which comes to life in the form of a flipbook, visualises Marcus’...more
The recently appointed chair of British Phonographic Industry (BPI), broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist YolanDa Brown and entrepreneur James ‘JP’ Drake are delighted to announce that applications for the annual Drake YolanDa Awards are now open. The Drake YolanDa Awards are a series...more
Former Freelance Consultants Take on Permanent Roles Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has moved to create a more resilient and sustainable service to support the expanding membership of the Music Venues Alliance with the...more
PRS for Music are delighted to announce that award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has been appointed to the PRS Members’ Council with immediate effect. Mvula lends invaluable expertise as a songwriter and touring performing artist with an illustrious career. A graduate of the prestigious Royal Birmingham...more
Plans Announced for World’s First ‘Digital Pressing’ on August 26th Serenade to Partner with Warner Records UK and Muse Serenade, the eco-friendly music web3 marketplace, has partnered with Warner Records UK to launch the world’s first Digital Pressing; a brand new, limited...more
Presented by Independent Venue Week and Independent Venue Community, the annual stakeholder conference takes place tomorrow (August 2nd) at 229 London, bringing together grassroots music venues, promoters and partners for a day of discussion, debate and inspiration Preparing for IVW's 10th...more
Singer-songwriter James Bourne has signed a worldwide deal covering his extensive catalogue and future works with Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Bourne is perhaps best known as the co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of...more
Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO, Warner Records & Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman & CEO, Warner Records “Legendary music executive Mo Ostin passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at the age of 95. Mo was one of the greatest record men...more
Whilst it’s a difficult matter to contemplate, recording artists and other creative workers must consider the value of their copyright when considering their broader estate planning. Your music will often be the result of years of blood, sweat, and tears...more
PPL, the UK's music licensing company for recorded music, has today announced the appointment of Kate Reilly to the expanded role of Chief Membership and People Officer. Formerly Chief People Officer, Reilly will still lead PPL's HR and Facilities teams...more
Exceleration Music, a company formed to enhance the future of independent labels and artists, has acquired the catalogue of innovative Dutch independent Heroic Music Group. Heroic Music Group is a Dutch independent label, publisher and artist management company founded by Budi...more
Dedicated to new breaking new artists from the region, monoX will lift the curtain to push Vietnamese artists into the global spotlight Wren Evans, Evy & Daisy named as first label signings METUB, the leading Vietnamese MCN and mass media company and Universal Music...more
MHAIRI PALMER JOINS AS DIRECTOR OF NORTH AMERICAN SALES BRITT TIMMERMAN APPOINTED CLIENT & SALES MANAGER Curve Royalty Systems, the London-based music technology company, has announced two key hires in its North American and UK divisions. Based in Toronto Mhairi Palmer has been...more
European festival bookings for UK artists are down 45% (see News)
Why pop stars are swapping managers for their parents (see Features)
Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73 (see Showbiz & Features)
The politics of music sampling (see Features)
Live Nation reports the highest quarterly attendance ever for 2022 Q2 (see Business)
How the Astroworld tragedy changed gigs for ever (see Features)
BPI CEO Geoff Taylor to move on in 2023 (see News)
Soundcloud to lay off 20% of global workforce (see Digital)
RAJAR results Q2 (see Media)
Law firm Reed Smith publishes 2nd edition of Guide to the Metaverse (see Comment)
Female dance acts largely ignored by radio, study says (see Comment)
Chartmetric releases half-year Music Industry Trends report (see Analysis)
Measuring the lifetime value of music NFTs (see Analysis)
How the TikTok teaser turbo-charged the song of the summer race (see Features)
Covid, Brexit and the cost of living crisis and their impacts on live music (see Features)
Sony Music reports strong quarterly figures (see Business)
Apple's Services category, which includes Apple Music, grows 860m paid subscriptions (see Business)
Inside the multi-billion dollar battle royale over music-streaming royalties (see Analysis)
Universal, Spotify post strong financial results (see Business)
What’s going on with all those music SPACs? (see Opinion)