David Cameron asks for more positive lyrics in return for extra royalties
David Cameron has pledged to extend copyright on music to 70 years - in exchange for an effort by music bosses to curb violent music and imagery.
The Tory leader told record industry chiefs they had a responsibility to help fix Britain's "broken society".
He said censorship was not the answer - but neither was just investing in youth projects when it was the "content" of music that was often the problem. Music did not just "reflect" culture but also created it, he added.
Cameron was addressing the annual general meeting of music industry trade body The BPI in central London.
Referring to a recent Unicef report on childhood, Cameron said the "single biggest challenge facing this country is that of the broken society".
He acknowledged his own favourite artists, such as Morrissey, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, had not shied away from violence in their lyrics . And that video games, films and other forms of entertainment must also take their share of the blame
for fuelling violence.
But he added: Is some music, are some lyrics, are some videos and are some artists, helping to create a culture in which an anti-learning culture, truancy, knives, violence, guns, misogyny are glorified? Yes. Can we see the effects of this
on our young people, in our schools and on our streets? Yes. Do we think we can combat this culture by government policies, policing and criminal justice alone? No."
Cameron added: When it comes to helping fix our broken society, it is not enough for the music industry to sponsor community projects. You can make a difference by providing positive role models for young kids to look up to, draw inspiration from
and aspire to be.
In exchange, he said the next Tory government would extend copyright to prevent musicians missing out on royalties in later life.
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And is if show willing for this new breed of 'responsible rappers' Kanye West self censored his rap at the Princess Di memorial concert at Wembley:
I ain't saying she's no gold digger, but she ain't messing with no quote! quote!
In fact the meter rather gave the game away that he meant:
I ain't sayin she a gold digger, but she ain't messin wit no broke niggaz
Perhaps the line may also indicate an answer to the call for responsibility in return for extra royalties!