Monday, January 22, 2018

TTCO targets Carnival promoters


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CHIEF executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Copyright Organisation (TTCO) Richard Cornwall says TTCO is weighing its legal options, while giving Carnival fete and show promoters a chance to comply with intellectual property laws and pay copyright licence fees due to the TTCO.
The fees would be received on behalf of writers, composers, producers and publishers represented by the organisation.
“There are a number of errant promoters who produce major events and refuse to pay the required fees for the use of the intellectual property of composers and publishers. A song does not create itself, nor does it compose its music. A person or persons do that and they deserve to be paid for their intellectual property whenever it is used,” he told the Express yesterday.

Acccountability with artistes

“These promoters know this, but they blatantly refuse to do the right thing and pay the necessary copyright fees. They do not respond to letters and they do not answer our phone calls. Some of them have major events this weekend and we are now giving them the opportunity to come in and do the right thing, because we are right now deciding on what legal action we will take within the coming days.”
Show promoter Randy Glasgow, who produces several major Carnival events including Chutney Brass and Ladies Night Out, admitted he is one of the promoters being targeted by TTCO.
Glasgow said he had no problem paying TTCO, but is asking them for some measure of accountability including a list of the artistes, composers, producers and publishers they represent.
“I have no problem with the TTCO and will happily pay them once I know with absolute certainty that the artistes on my shows are represented by them. I have requested more than once a list of who they represent and they have refused to provide that.”
“Promoters are now not advertising the artistes at their events, just listing the DJs that will be playing, but when you go to the events, you see all the big soca acts live on stage. While this system is good in some ways for the big soca stars, hundreds of emerging soca stars with good songs are left on the sidelines.”
He said: “We asking these copyright agencies, that if they care about our young entertainers, stop the bullying and do the right thing. Place full-page ads in the newspapers listing the names of the artistes, producers, writers, composers and publishers you represent. That way the promoters will know what agency represents who and we can decide what artistes to hire for what shows.
“The membership of the collection agencies and the public will also know where the millions of dollars collected are going.”