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Both UK Music and the BPI have welcomed the appointment of John Whittingdale as Culture Secretary in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle. The two trade bodies recognised Whittingdale’s strong support for intellectual property during his time as chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which held inquiries into support for the creative industries and protection of IP rights online, and the All Party Intellectual Property Group.
“The BPI is pleased to see John Whittingdale appointed as the Culture Secretary, not least because he has been a strong supporter of intellectual property, having chaired the All Party Intellectual Property Group, but equally because he has an enormous wealth of knowledge and understanding of our issues, not forgetting too that he is a keen music fan,” BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor told Music Week.
“He spent the last Parliament as chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which, in its inquiry into the creative industries, was very positive in its support for the creative sector, with harsh words for the Hargreaves review and a clear message to search engines and intermediaries about the role they can play in reducing access to illegal music content.”
UK Music CEO Jo Dipple was similarly supportive of Whittingdale’s appointment, although showed caution when it came to views expressed in the past by the MP about the BBC and its licence fee, which he called “worse than poll tax” and “unsustainable”.
“Whittingdale has met and knows UK Music’s members and understands our business and concerns, even if at times he disagrees with us,” said Dipple. “He is a very good appointment but some of his public sayings, such as on the BBC, may come back to haunt him.”
The Cabinet reshuffle has been highlighted as a double win for the music industry as
New Secretary of State Sajid Javid and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale
Whittingdale replaces former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, who in turn has been named Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for the IP Office and the Government’s policy on the digital single market now falling under his remit.
We have many friends that are well informed of our position in the new Government benches ANDY HEATH, UK MUSIC
“This is great for the music industry,” said Dipple. “[Javid] is a vocal supporter of our industry and IP.”
Taylor added: “Sajid Javid was instrumental in delivering the Government’s support on Creative Content UK, while he also used his speech at last September’s BPI AGM to memorable effect in underlining his unequivocal support of copyright and copyright enforcement. He is a Secretary of
State that really understands business, and the incentives to invest, and we hope we can work with him on measures to support that investment.”
UK Music chairman Andy Heath was keen to highlight the progress that has been made with Conservative MPs over the last five years under the coalition Government.
“I congratulate the Tories on their success and welcome the new Government for one principal reason: we have invested substantial energy, time and research to make music’s case to an administration that started five years ago with a hostile instinct towards copyright and an unreasonable level of support of the tech industries,” he said. “That attitude from Government has changed substantially and ministers and the Secretary of State have been largely persuaded of the value both economically and culturally of British music. It is a relief that we do not have to start again with a new regime and we have many friends that are well-informed of our position in the new Government benches. I fervently hope that this trend strengthens and the team at UK Music will work tirelessly with the new Government to ensure that it does.”