The British Phonographic Industry's general counsel Roz Groome is leaving the trade body after more than seven years' service.

Groome will take up the post of VP, anti-piracy at Universal Pictures International, where she will drive the company's strategy against copyright theft. It is unclear when she will assume her new role.

In January 2000, Groome joined the trade body as legal adviser from London law firm Reed Smith Richards Butler (then known as Richards Butler).

She was promoted to general counsel in November 2005, succeeding Geoff Taylor, who had taken up the same role with the IFPI. Taylor has since returned to the BPI in the role as chief executive.

"Roz has contributed a huge amount to the BPI, in particular in leading the BPI's anti-piracy initiatives as general counsel," said Taylor in a statement, issued today. "While we are sorry to lose her, this move is an exciting opportunity for her to use the great experience she has gained at the BPI in a new context."

Groome adds, "I hope that in my new position I will have the opportunity to continue working with Geoff and the BPI to develop new cross-industry anti-piracy initiatives."

A graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge universities, Groome has been instrumental in a string of successful legal cases for the BPI, including actions involving CD Wow and EasyInternetCafe, and has been a key player in the trade body's campaign against illegal filesharing.

The BPI has begun a process of hiring a new general counsel.

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