Important for artiste to know copyright laws

Many performers, whether new or experienced, know that once you enter the music industry, putting out an album sometimes takes months or years to be produced and completed. But according to Phillip, artistes must also know their rights when it comes to protecting their material. 

“When they create the idea or the concept, that’s how they make their money. If they do not protect their creations, then they’re just making something, and then someone else is going to take it and benefit from it,” Phillip said.

In giving an example, Phillip explained that with local artistes, who write and sing their own songs, the trend is that the same acts would then give their materials to radio stations for airplay.

“You probably were wondering how they collect the revenue for that. One, they (artistes) have to be registered with a collection agency, someone that would collect the royalties for them. The radio station that they have their music playing must also pay for a license to play music on their radio station,” Phillips said.

The license, according to Phillip, is how artistes collect their royalties. She told MiyVue.com that there is a small percentage of local acts that are signed under several North American collection agencies.

“I know for sure that they’re several local singers who are signed on to collections companies. There is another agency that is trying to set up in the region, but it is always important for artistes, whether music, dance or drama, to be signed on to one of these companies, not only to get the deserved royalties but to protect their material,” Phillip said.

“If the artiste belongs to a collection agency and they inform them that their music is being played on the different radio stations, then the collection agency will contact the radio station and find out the rotation list for what was being played on the air, and then calculate what is due to the artiste,” Phillip said.

She added that if that process of an artiste being registered with a collection agency is not followed, then that performer would be “giving away money”.

“It is very important because, as an artiste, it is a way of gaining revenue and protecting your work in the area of performing arts, music or dance; once you create something tangible, you can get it registered in order to protect it,” Phillip said.

Phillip made those remarks in the context of a Copyright Seminar to be held on the 26 and 27 January. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office of Saint Kitts and Nevis has organized the seminar.

 







 

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