All licensed entertainment establishments in Seychelles that use the musical works of copyrighted artists will now have to pay royalties before their licenses are renewed, a senior official said.
The new system came into effect on Friday after the signing of an agreement between the Seychelles Songwriting Society (SACS) and the Seychelles Licensing Authority (SLA).
“Before considering a license renewal for entertainment facilities, the applicant must contact SACS to obtain a letter stating that they adhere to the payment of their royalties, ” said ALS’s Executive Director. Andre Pool.
Mr. Pool stated that if an establishment does not comply with the new rules, its license will not be renewed until the royalties have been paid.
The royalties are payments to owners of property for the use of that property. It usually deals with payments for the right to use intellectual property, such as copyrights, patents and trademarks. In the field of music, royalties are paid to owners of copyrighted music and are known as royalties .
The purpose of the agreement is to facilitate the collection of royalties by SACS, the designated licensing body for copyrighted musical works under the Copyright Act, 2014.
Authorized entertainment establishments are hotels, restaurants, discotheques, public bars, member clubs and any other licensed entertainment establishment using copyrighted musical works.
David Andre, president of SACS, said that all authors and composers have the right to patent their works and to be paid for their ideas if they are used by others.
“That’s why we lobbied ALC for an agreement that protects artists’ ideas and helps them get what they deserve for their ideas,” Andre said.
He said that it works by entertainment establishments keeping a log of the music they play. SACS then collects the funds to be distributed to the respective artists.
Further measures will follow after the signature of the agreement to ensure the effectiveness of the legal and administrative procedures with regard to the conditions set out in the agreement.
Jany De Letourdie, a local singer and songwriter, said everything was done to promote art.
“The question is whether they will pay. For now, I get money for my songs on the radio. The fact remains that there are other people who play our songs and who do not pay, “she said.
The singer added that “we tend to watch only the DJs who play our songs in discotheques or in some bazaars, but there are also people who sing our songs during activities or parties such as weddings that are paid and we get nothing out of it. “
Ms. De Letourdie added that artists must be well compensated for their work, so that they are encouraged to work on new things.
The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between SACS and SLA is also in commemoration of World Intellectual Property Day, which is celebrated on April 26 each year.
Source: Seychelles News Agency