06/18/2008 11:20
Over 370 songwriters respond to copyright violations
A file photo shows composer Trinh Cong Son, who passed away in April 2001. Son’s family members last March asked music revenues to pay all retroactive royalties for the performance of his songs.
More than 370 musical artists have signed a requisition that was sent TV and radio stations and relevant agencies, asking for copyright fees to broadcast songs.



The Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright (VCPMC) said 371 living artists and the families of late-songwriters had signed the over 50-page application, compiled by the center over the last two months.

The center said there were many more who wanted to sign.

The artists said the royalties of VND10,000 (US$0.60) per song were very low, but many stations, including Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC), ignored the fees, despite many reminders.

Even cable TV stations, which earn large amounts of money from advertisements and viewers, did not pay copyright fees to artists, they said.

The VCPMC said three quarters of local TV stations were currently paying royalties and the center, which collected fees on behalf of copyright holders, got a 25 percent commission.

A songwriter, Pham Tuyen, said intellectual property rights needed to be respected.

“We are not making a big demand. Every song which has been popularized brings happiness to the artist,” he said.

“But our works’ existence has to be recognized - when broadcasters ask permission to use songs they should pay royalties so that songwriters can make a living.”

The VCPMC said in case stations which played songs still “forgot” to pay copyright fees, it would ask for relevant agencies’ intervention.

Source: Tuoi Tre, Lao Dong, TN

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