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January 13, 2009

Question written on 13/01/2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his recent announcement on the extension of copyright term in principle extends to both performers and producers.

Answered by David Lammy

I have been asked to reply.As the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said at the UK Music Creator’s Conference on 11 December, he and the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, have been considering the arguments for an extension for performers from the current 50 years, perhaps to something like 70 years to match more closely a performer’s expected lifetime. The debate on changes to the length of copyright term in this area is ongoing in Europe. We must ensure that the outcome of this debate delivers maximum benefits to performers and musicians. That is the test of any model as we go forward.