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The UK’s Creative Coalition Campaign (CCC) – a network of creators and makers which seeks to represent the rights of the creative sector and press for effective measures to combat online copyright infringement – has welcomed the appointments of John Whittingdale as Culture Secretary and Sajid Javid as Business Secretary and calls on them to stand up for the interests of the creative industries in the UK and Europe.
According to the CCC, both new ministers have been great supporters of the creative industries during previous roles. Whittingdale was previously chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and was a strong advocate for the need to tackle online copyright infringement. Javid was previously Culture Secretary during which time he supported the industry-led Creative Content UK initiative and secured funding for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.
Christine Payne, Chair of the Creative Coalition and General Secretary of Equity said: “John and Sajid both have great experience of working with the creative sector and have been great supporters on the crucial issue of tackling online copyright infringement. We look forward to working with them on critical issues for the creative sector, including the fight against online copyright infringement, and we urge them to ensure the Government stands up for the interests of the UK’s creative sector in Europe.”