It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Harmsworth, a well-respected figure in the copyright world, a steadfast colleague, and a dear friend to many. David departed this world last week on September 12, 2023, after a brief illness. He was just 46 years old.
His commitment to the music industry and dedication to the legal profession were unwavering. David was not only a Director of the British Copyright Council but a reliable source of legal expertise and wisdom. His contributions to the British Copyright Council were immeasurable, both in his roles within various working groups and as a dedicated member of the Board. Whether it was his invaluable insights into copyright and collective management or his adept handling of corporate law matters, David’s discerning eye and meticulous attention to detail were a reassuring presence. He was our steadfast safety net, and he made the complex seem effortless.
David also served as the General Counsel at PPL. His journey in the legal field began with his studies in Law at Cambridge University and subsequent training at the esteemed City law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. In 2003, he embarked on his remarkable journey with PPL, steadily ascending the ranks to assume the pivotal role of General Counsel. For over a decade, he led the Legal & Business Affairs team, becoming an integral part of the executive management team.
During his illustrious 19-year career at PPL, David’s impact was monumental. He played a pivotal role in the historic 2006 merger of PAMRA and AURA with PPL, uniting performers and record companies under a single banner. Additionally, his instrumental contributions led to the creation of the public performance licensing joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd, in 2018. David’s dedication and vision were instrumental in shaping PPL’s evolution.
In this time of profound loss, our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones.