Business Owner Ignores Injunction Filed by ECCO
An injunction filed by the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) to prevent the staging of a concert featuring Trinidadian soca stars, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, scheduled for Friday December 6th, at the Krazy Koconuts was completely disregarded.
The High Court granted the injunction after ECCO’s attorney Mr. Ronald Charles, filed the application for the injunction at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon and later was granted by Justice Errol Thomas.
Chairman of ECCO, Mr. Mc Carthy Marie, said this injunction was filed after speaking with the organizers of the show; Mr. Franky ‘Krazy T’ Bellot, Krazy Koconuts Limited and Island Communications Limited.
The letter explained to the organizers that failure to obtain the necessary license for the event would result in ECCO taking appropriate legal action to protect its interest and that of its members and worldwide affiliates, since it controls, in Dominica, the right of public performance of virtually all copyright music in the world.
“We gave him permission to use repertoire in any part of his concert in return for a fee calculated according to the amount of money collected at the gate”, he noted.
According to Mr. Marie, who was denied entry into the venue by security guards, he did witness songs of ECCO’s property being played, which was a total infringement of the Organization’s right without permission to do so.
Once any musician is registered with any intellectual property organization in the world, including MCSK in China, ASCAP & BMI in America, PRS in the United Kingdom, SASEM in France and ECCO in the Caribbean, permission must be requested by anyone who intends to use their repertoire.
All the artistes scheduled to perform at the show including, Kross Vybz, WCK Band, Daddy Chess, and Bunji & Fay-Ann Lyons did perform at the show along with DJ’s, DJ Midian and DJ Dane Jah Dane.
A further hearing in this matter will be held on the 20th of December 2013.
The judge will then decide the punishment handed down on the organizers of the event, who disobeyed the injunction he filed.
Efforts to contact Mr. Franky Bellot to comment on the matter proved futile.