May 22, 2017
In a statement published on 18 May, a spokesman for the BPI said: “The BPI strongly welcomes the commitment in both the Conservative and Labour manifestos to ensure sustainable business models and a level playing field for the creative industries”.
The statement continued: “The ‘Value Gap’ – certain online platforms exploiting a lack of clarity in copyright law to avoid paying fairly for content – has acted as a significant brake on the growth of the digital music business. Action is required at both EU and UK level to correct this distortion and to allow creators to share fairly in all the opportunities of digital connectivity.”
The spokesman also said that the BPI strongly supports the commitment in the Conservative manifesto to a new regulatory framework for digital companies, social media platforms and content providers, “to ensure that they behave with the same responsibility that is expected from businesses in the offline environment and protect consumers from illegal and harmful content.” To read the statement in full, click here.