German independent music trade body VUT has entered talks with its counterpart the IFPI in the hope it will lead to greater collaboration between the two associations.

German independent music trade body VUT has entered talks with its counterpart the IFPI in the hope it will lead to greater collaboration between the two associations.

VUT currently counts about 900 members from the independent record, publishing and music producer communities.

Speaking at Midem today, Peter James, president of VUT, says it has become increasingly necessary to discuss closer communications between the two bodies, in spite of the growing differences between majors and indies. He explained that it was particularly necessary to identify common interests such as lobbying government on copyright law and issues such as the radio quota.

Last year, VUT had distanced itself from the demands made by the German IFPI group for CD royalties for authors to be cut from 9.009% to 5.6%. VUT, which is a member of the IFPI, is continuing to pay the rate of 9.009% as agreed in its license contract with German authors rights society GEMA.

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