EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli is urging the British government to pay more attention to intellectual property (IP) issues.

EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli is urging the British government to pay more attention to intellectual property (IP) issues. Speaking yesterday (Sept. 28) in Brighton at a panel organized during the Labour political party's national conference, Nicoli said that "IP should be far more central to our government's policy agenda."

In his opening remarks, Nicoli noted that "for the past 40 years, the music industry has been one of Britain's biggest success stories." He said the sector has contributed nearly £5 billion ($9 billion) to the British economy, of which £1.3 billion ($2.3 billion) comes from exports.

"We're heartened by recent government pronouncements and initiatives, but there's much, much more that can and must be done," said Nicoli.

Nicoli represents the music industry at the government-backed initiative IP Forum. The Forum was established earlier this year to gather all the creative industries and the various government agencies dealing with IP issues to discuss policy matters, enforcement and legislation.

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