BPI snaps up Mollet for music copyright battle

Record company trade body the British Phonographic Industry has recruited Richard Mollet as director of PA as it steps up its fight against illegal filesharing.

Mollet reports to BPI chairman Peter Jamieson and will build an in-house PA team over the coming months. His initial focus will be on the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee inquiry into new media and the creative industries; and the DCMS's broader creative economy programme.

He said the group was not considering bringing in PA agency support 'at this stage'. He will work alongside BPI director of comms and development Steve Redmond and general counsel Roz Groome.

'The recorded music industry has its most crowded public affairs agenda in two decades,' said Jamieson. 'On the plus side, the Government has made a welcome commitment to the creative industries, but there are still important arguments to be made about
the value of copyright in the digital age.'

Mollet described his task as 'framing the BPI's case in the political environment and demonstrating its value to the creative economy'.

Mollet quit Edelman's PA practice earlier this year 'by mutual agreement' after just six months as a director (PRWeek, 17 Feb).

Before that he spent three years at Fleishman-Hillard advising clients that included British Music Rights.

He replaces Clova Fyfe, who it has emerged left the BPI several weeks ago to rejoin her former employer Camelot. The lottery operator said she would provide public affairs assistance on a 'specific project'. She became the BPI's first dedicated lobbyist 12 months ago as government relations manager.

BPI members account for 90 per cent of UK recorded music sales.

This week it claimed illegal filesharing had cost the British music
industry £1.1bn over the past three years.

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