BPI GC quits for key NBC role

US media company NBC Universal has snapped up the general counsel of the British Phonographic Institute (BPI), the trade association of the UK’s music industry.

Roz Groome is leaving her role at the BPI to spearhead NBC’s new anti-piracy initiative.

She joined the BPI in January 2000 from Richards Butler and was promoted to the general counsel role in 2005 after Geoff Taylor left to join the IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

In her two years as general counsel Groome presided over 10 court wins and 100 settlements against infringers of music copyright.

Last month Groome and the BPI won a High Court dispute with offshore CD importer CD WOW, tightening UK IP rules on parallel importing.

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “While we’re sorry to lose her, this move is an exciting opportunity for her to use the great experience she’s gained at the BPI in a new context.”

The BPI has started searching for a successor to Groome.