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Minister says £15 rise in BBC licence fee would be 'high'

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has said that a £15 increase in the BBC licence fee would be "high". Her comments come after reports that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is planning to block a 9% rise in the annual charge.

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UK Music chief calls on Rishi Sunak to introduce AI protection for creatives
UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl has urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to respond to the music industry’s concerns around artificial intelligence (AI) by introducing some form of legal protection around the developing technology.Kiehl and UK Music have suggested that AI could be a form of “music laundering,” opening up a potential means for creatives to not receive compensation for their work.Sunak recently insisted that “the UK’s answer is not to rush to regulate” the use of artificial intelligence.In a letter to the PM, Kiehl urged copyright protection on music and emphasises that AI firms consent to use artists’ copyright-protected work.“Machine learning involves numerous rights, including copyright, which in most countries are not subject to an exception that restricts creators and rightsholders’ abilities to exercise their rights,” he wrote. “As a general principle, the use of music during the ingestion process (in the past, present and future) should always require permission from the creator and the rightsholder.”He adds: “Failure to ensure this basic human right will jeopardise thousands of UK jobs and threaten the fragile talent pipeline on which the music industry relies to nurture the music professionals who are the envy of the world.”He also emphasised the importance of transparency elsewhere in the letter.