A panel of speakers at the U.K.'s Musicians' Union conference jointly called for the biz to find innovative solutions to turn people away from Internet piracy.

In reaction to last month's Digital Britain report, the panel at the July 29 conference in Peterborough stressed that Internet Service Providers need to be part of the solution and that the industry could not rely on government enacting legislation in time to protect sales of music.

The panel included Peter Leathem, executive director of licensing body PPL, Stephen Navin, CEO of the Music Publishers' Association (MPA), indies body AIM's chief executive Alison Wenham and Horace Trubridge, assistant general secretary at the Musicians' Union (MU).

The panel also emphasised musicians' rights in relation to their music being given away for free.

Other speakers included John Whittingdale, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Feargal Sharkey, CEO of trade group U.K. Music and John McDonnell MP.

Whittingdale criticised the Government for its "utterly pathetic and hopeless" response to the Select Committee's recommendations on the impact of the Licensing Act. He reiterated his calls for an exemption from the licensing process for venues with a capacity of less than 200.

The conference, which had around 100 delegates at the Marriott Hotel, takes place every two years.

"This conference is very much about looking to the future and it is vital that the MU continues to modernise in order to deal with the critical issues of the day," said general secretary John Smith. "The innovative proposals at this conference, including the ideas for rebranding and future campaigns, will ensure that we continue to develop as an important music industry body."

The Musicians' Union was established in 1893 and represents over 30,000 musicians working in all genres of music.