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Old 27th March 2009 , 06:49 PM
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Update to this thread: PPL Chairman & CEO Fran Nevrkla has just emailed his members with this latest newsflash

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Dear Friends and Colleagues

We have just learned that, at a crucial meeting this morning, the UK Government voted against the Copyright Term Directive. The meeting of COREPER (comprising representatives of the Member States) failed to approve the text of the Directive proposed by the Presidency. We are sending this news immediately because of its impact on all PPL members.

This seems to be fundamentally at odds with the Government's assurances that they were looking after performers through this Directive.
In conjunction with the MU, BPI and AIM, PPL have today issued the following statement:

“The British music sector is very disappointed by the absence of agreement on an extension for performers and sound recording rights at the COREPER meeting today, and particularly that our own government, despite its recent positive statements, did not vote in favour of the proposal at this meeting.

“The UK music sector has lived up to its commitments by reaching an agreement, as demanded by Ministers, that will deliver real benefits to musicians in an extended term. In continuing to hold out for further changes, the government has not heeded the repeated pleas of the very musicians it claims to support, who strongly encouraged it to vote for the proposal today.

“We call on the government to work with us urgently to match its supportive rhetoric with concrete action, by moving heaven and earth to reach an agreement under this EU Presidency that will deliver an improved term of copyright for performers and music companies.”

Kind regards

Fran
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