SAT Telecoms Signs Licence Agreement for Music Rights with ECCO
Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO), Mr. Mc Carthy Marie is urging, songwriters, and musicians to ensure that they are part of the membership of the ECCO so they can reap the benefits from the use of their music.
He said television companies and media houses also need to ensure they are part of ECCO, to avoid legal sanctions if they use copyrighted material.
Mr. Marie made this statement following the signing of a licence agreement with SAT Telecommunications Limited on Friday March 8th 2013.
With the signing of this agreement, SAT Telecoms is now legally authorized to transmit on its cable Television network musical works in the repertoire controlled by ECCO in Dominica.
The repertoire controlled by ECCO includes all the music written by ECCO’s own members, as well as music written by any member of the 200 plus similar societies in the world with which ECCO is affiliated.
The foreign societies whose repertoire is controlled in Dominica and the OECS include SACEM in France, The Performing Right Society of the UK, ASCAP and BMI of the US, MCSK of the People’s Republic of China, the Caribbean Societies, COSCAP from Barbados, COTT from Trinidad and Tobago and JACAP of Jamaica.
With the licence programmes created and aired through SAT Telecom’s networks are now legal.
Managing Director of SAT Telecoms, Mr. Marlon Alexander says, this is something they wanted to do for a long time now as the Company is committed to following rules and regulations.
He added this shows the Companies stance against illegal activity, copyrights infringement and piracy.
Mr. Alexander pointed out he had frank discussions with Mr. Marie while they were making the necessary arrangements for this agreement to be signed, which resulted in both parties benfitting.
He added all television companies, and all organizations involved in the transmission of copyrighted work should make it their duty to be a member of the ECCO.