The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government.

Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) was sworn in at the German parliament in Berlin yesterday (Oct. 28).

Referring to the 124-page document (Billboard.biz, Oct. 27) which outlines the government's policy proposals -- including a strong defence of copyright law and the protection of intellectual property -- German authors body GEMA's CEO Harald Heker said in a statement that he was "content about the clear statement about the system of the collection societies with transparent and efficient structures."

Heker continued: "We understand the pledge for Europe-wide legal circumstances for collection societies as a clear positive signal that the politicians will support us on our future way of new orientation."

Dieter Gorny, CEO of labels body BVMI, also welcomes the pledges that the new coalition government has made as being "good for the creative business, and encouraging because it is a healthy fundament for future work in the interest of the German and European music-market."

Referring to the government's declaration to not "block Internet access in cases of copyright infringements" -- as outlined in its policy document -- Gorny adds: "the fact that the new government will not take initiatives for legal possibilities to block internet access does not mean that other possibilities will not be checked and realized to fight in an effective way the illegal use of music."

Gorny says the BVMI will continue to seek discussions with the new government to adapt the copyright law to better suit digital innovations.