Tribunal To Hear Dispute Over Payment Of Music Licence


The Cabinet has agreed to establish a tribunal on the recent imposition of a required payment to ECCO (The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights) by the promoters of fetes and other events at which copyrighted materials are utilized for public consumption.

The discussion was led by the Minister with responsibility for Festivals who asked that The Copyright Act 2003 of Antigua and Barbuda, Part VIII Sections 103 to 106, be applied.

It required the creation of a Copyright Tribunal to hear disputes arising from such matters as payments due to owners of the copyrighted material.

Since such a Tribunal does not now exist, it was proposed that it be created. The Chair identified a retired judge of the High Court as a possible Chairman, and agreed that consultations will occur on the selection of the “Deputy Chairman and not more than three other members” of the Copyright Tribunal, which the law allows.

The matter will be brought back to the Cabinet next Wednesday for the formal agreement on the members of the Tribunal.

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