Culture, Media and Sport

12 January 2006

Session 2005-06

New inquiry: New media and the creative industries

The deadline for submissions to this inquiry has been extended to 28th February 2006.  The terms of reference remain the same as set out below:

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has announced 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.

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