The U.K. government will deliver this coming week its awaited verdict on the copyright term for sound recordings.

Sources tell Billboard.biz, however, that the government may not follow a select committee's calls to extend the term of copyright, and could instead back the findings of the controversial Gowers Review on intellectual property.

The government's 60-day deadline for an official response to the committee actually concludes Monday (July 23).

A spokesperson for the government's Department for Culture Media and Sport declined to comment on the government's stance, but confirmed that the government report would be delivered before next Thursday, the last "sitting day" for members of parliament.

U.K. music industry lobbyists have campaigned tirelessly for an extension in the term, to protect artists' copyrights on recorded performances from the current 50 years to beyond 70 years.

The industry found an ally in the form of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and its chairman John Whittingdale.

The committee issued the U.K. government with a May 16 report on intellectual property, in which it recommended an extension in the term to at least 70 years.

In its recommendation, the committee scolded the Treasury-commissioned Gowers' report for having "failed to take account of the moral right of creators to choose to retain ownership and control of their own intellectual property."