BPI pushes government to ignore Gowers Review

The Gowers Review into the UK’s intellectual property framework was published today (6 December) and has concluded that the copyright period on sound recordings should not be extended from the current 50 years.

The UK recording industry, headed by the BPI, has been lobbying the UK Government to support the extension of the term of copyright on sound recordings from 50 to 95 years.

Although Gowers’ findings appear to signal the ending of this ambition, BPI chairman Peter Jamieson said prior to the publication of the report that it was “the responses of the Treasury, DTI and DCMS and not the recommendations of an independent report”, that it was most interested in.

“It’s in the Government’s power to ignore such a recommendation and they should do so,” added Jamieson.

Andrew Gowers, the former Financial Times editor who headed the team behind the review, said the European Commission should “not change the status quo” but instead retain the 50 year term of copyright protection for sound recordings and related performers’ rights.

The 146-page review did, however, recommend the introduction of tighter measures to combat piracy and counterfeiting.

The Treasury-commissioned Gowers Review, published today in Gordon Brown’s pre-Budget report, is designed to promote creativity in the arts and industry.