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Business News (more headlines) 02-08-2014

IMPALA Calls On Whole Music Sector To Speak Up On Copyright In Europe

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With four weeks to go until Europe closes a public consultation on the relationship between copyright and the digital age, independent music companies call on everyone involved with music to make their voice heard.

Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, said: "Europe needs to hear from all those who believe creators should be free to earn a living and to decide how their work is exploited."

IMPALA says Europe must reinforce creators' fundamental freedoms, instead of seeking to unpick copyright as requested by powerful lobby groups.

Accounting for 80% of all music released and over 80% of the sector's jobs, independent music companies need copyright to be able to invest in new talent and continue to innovate and drive the online market.

"The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for creators", added Helen Smith.

The consultation remains open until 5 March.

Sign the 'Creators for Europe' petition http://www.creatorsforeurope.eu/en

See the consultation bit.ly/1bj8tV7

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