Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06

16 November 2005


New inquiry: New media and the creative industries

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a new inquiry into the challenges and opportunities for the creative industries arising from the development of new media platforms.  For the purposes of the inquiry, the term “creative industries” includes music, visual broadcasts, sound broadcasts, film, graphic art, design, advertising, fashion and games software.

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence on the following issues:

· The impact upon creative industries of recent and future developments in digital convergence and media technology;

· The effects upon the various creative industries of unauthorised reproduction and dissemination of creative content, particularly using new technology; and what steps can or should be taken - using new technology, statutory protection or other means - to protect creators;

· The extent to which a regulatory environment should be applied to creative content accessed using non-traditional media platforms;

· Where the balance should lie between the rights of creators and the expectations of consumers in the context of the BBC’s Creative Archive and other developments.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by Thursday 19 January 2006.

Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee. If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.  For more guidance on the preferred format, see http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.

Kenneth Fox
Clerk of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA
[email protected]