Did the UK government just save the music industry?
Recently, the UK government announced that they would not be proceeding with their proposed amendment to copyright law that would allow AI developers to use copyrighted works without the permission of the creators and rightsholders. The music industry had strongly opposed the proposal, and welcomed the news of its scrapping.
The decision was also supported by the recorded music body, BPI, stating that AI offers exciting opportunities for music and tech, but only if harnessed in the right way. They added, that copyright protection plays a fundamental role in British music success and welcomed the decision not to proceed with the proposed exception.
This shows, the UK government has listened to the music industry and has decided to scrap the introduction of its broad copyright exception for text and data mining purposes. The music industry is now looking forward to working with the government to ensure that AI and creative industries can grow altogether.