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Pay Up Or Face Fines: Music Association Urges Businesses

The committee was expected to pay special damages in the sum of $11,866.97 and another $2000 for court fees to FPRA.
03 Jul 2019 13:01
Pay Up Or Face Fines: Music Association Urges Businesses
Fiji Performing Rights Association members (from left) Seru Serevi, chairperson Saimoni Vuatalevu, Laisa Vulakoro and Inoke Kalounisiga with the copy of the court judgment on July 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Performing Rights Association is calling on businesses to pay to them if they wish to play music in public for commercial purposes.

This followed a landmark judgment where the Fiji Performing Rights Association received the High Court decision against the Lautoka Sugar Festival Association. The festival committee had to pay for the infringement of copyright music played during the festival for the past couple of years.

The committee was expected to pay special damages in the sum of $11,866.97 and another $2000 for court fees to FPRA.

At a press conference yesterday, Fiji Performing Rights Association chairperson Saimoni Vuatalevu said: “We hope this decision will alert people out there especially businesses who are using music in their premises that they have to pay a licence to FPRA to use the music.

“FPRA is a non-profit organisation and we have been entrusted to manage the performing rights of the local composers and song-writing members.”

Mr Vuatalevu urged the public that the last resort they wished to undertake is to take people who were violating these laws to court and hence they needed to pay their fees to the copyright owners.

Under a licence agreement with the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA), FPRA also represents the performing rights of over two million foreign composers whenever their musical works are played or performed to the public throughout Fiji.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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