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IFPI appoints new legal man

By | Published on Wednesday 29 August 2012


The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry yesterday announced the appointment of David O Carson to the roll of Head Of Global Legal Policy. Carson joins the globally focussed record industry trade body from the US Copyright Office, where he has been General Counsel since 1997 (with a brief stint as Associate Register For Policy & International Affairs in 2007/8).

In his new role he will report to IFPI boss Frances Moore, and will “coordinate the recorded music industry’s legal policy strategy worldwide, working with governments, lawmakers, other industries and international organisations on a wide variety of copyright issues, including the need to achieve robust legislation to help tackle online piracy and establish a sustainable digital music market”.

Confirming the appointment, Moore told CMU: “I am delighted that David O Carson has agreed to join IFPI. He has a long and impressive track record of work in the field of intellectual property rights and understands their vital importance to the recorded music sector. He will be a powerful advocate for our industry”.

Carson himself added: “This is an exciting time to join the recorded music industry. I look forward to working with Frances Moore and the rest of the IFPI team to make the case for ensuring intellectual property rights are respected online, enabling record companies to have a fair opportunity to recoup their costs and invest in the next generation of artistic talent”.