In-house – Stones in music industry move

By Philip Hoult. Taylor Joynson Garrett IP partner Deborah Stones is leaving the firm after 16 years to take over as head of legal affairs at Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), the record industry copyright company.

Stones will start at PPL in November and part of her immediate brief will be to lobby the Government over improving copyright protection for musicians and record companies – an area which has become increasingly complex since the advent of the Internet, CD-Rom technology and digital TV and radio.

Formed in 1934 by UK record companies and artists, PPL licenses performances and music to broadcasters and others on behalf of its members. Its work is expanding enormously as digital outlets grow. Last year it earned over £47m, four times the amount it received just 10 ten years ago.

Stones said: “PPL is right at the forefront of issues such as copyright protection within the digital media forum.”

PPL is not a client of Taylor Joynson but the firm has acted for its sister company Video Performance Limited in the past. Taylor Joynson has a large IP department and plainly hopes PPL will become a client.

At PPL, Stones will replace the current head of legal affairs, Karen Wootliff, who becomes a part-time legal consultant to the company.

A Taylor Joynson spokeswoman said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Deborah to use her expertise.”