Collection society PRS has applauded steps taken today to begin implementation of Dr. Richard Hooper's recommendations surrounding a new copyright hub.
Dr Ros Lynch, a member of the Senior Civil Service in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and collaborator on Hooper’s final report, has been seconded to lead an industry-funded office to spearhead the work to deliver his recommendations.
Meanwhile, James Lancaster, former Head of Rights and Business Affairs at the BBC, will chair the Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG), which will oversee a range of workstreams focusing on different aspects of copyright licensing including data building blocks, metadata and streamlining licensing in various sectors.
“We join with others across the industry in welcoming the announcement today that James Lancaster former Head of Rights and Business Affairs at the BBC will chair the Copyright Licensing Steering Group (CLSG) and that Ros Lynch will be leading an office to spearhead the work to deliver Richard Hooper’s Copyright Works recommendations," said PRS For Music CEO Robert Ashcroft.
"We will continue to with our partners in the industry to meet the challenges he identified, providing a better licensing environment for all.
"As previously stated we believe that the Copyright Hub recommended by Hooper could place Britain at the very centre of the global, online market for the creative industries. Coupled with industry efforts for a Global Repertoire Database (GRD), it will prove to be a critical building block in what must inevitably be an international project.”