Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb has been named as patron of a charity that gives British musicians the chance to earn a living from their art by protecting copyright.

The singer, who is currently fighting liver cancer, has joined the Rock The House initiative, which is also supported by Alice Cooper and others.

“British musicians deserve the opportunity to earn a living from their work, which contributes immeasurably to the strength of the cultural economy,” blogged Robin. “I urge musicians to support this initiative spearheaded by Mike Weatherley MP. The legislators need to understand the importance of intellectual property rights. I’ve championed this message as a Fellow of BASCA in the UK and globally as President of CISAC, and that lead has been recognised by the UK interior design industry in my Ambassador role for SBID. Let’s assure the future of our creative industries!”

“It’s really encouraging to get support for Rock the House from such high profile bands and artists,” said Mike Weatherley. “I hope that with this increased level of recognition, the issues of copyright protection and intellectual property rights will be taken more seriously. Many budding musicians struggle to protect their music from illegal copying. I am fighting to ensure that their creations – the songs that we love to hear – are properly protected.”

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