The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) and Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) have finally signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding how members of GIBA should pay music royalties.
The two associations put pen on paper on Thursday, December 1 at the Copyright office to allow members of GIBA use works of musician and pay for the rights at a stipulated time. The agreement was signed weeks after executives of GIBA failed to appear at a press conference for same purpose which angered the collection rights organisation to take some members of the association to court.
GHAMRO chairman, Kojo Antwi speaking at the signing of the MoU expressed gratitude to executives of GIBA for finally showing up to sign the agreement. He said GHAMRO started suing some media houses after GIBA failed to collect royalties from its members on their behalf.
“GHAMRO and GIBA have had a long standing relation since GIBA started working with the former COSGA.
On 22nd February 2011, the interim copyright management team of the then COSGA and GIBA signed MoU. It was mutually agreed that GIBA collects annual royalties from it members for the use or performance of musical works for and behalf of GHAMRO who are the representatives for the owners of the properties. Unfortunately, these payments were not forthcoming in the past.
This resulted in GHAMRO instituting legal actions against individual members of GIBA and it was expected to commence more legal actions against other members of GIBA. To prevent further court actions, GIBA intervened, resolved the issue for and behalf of its members.
We acknowledge the efforts by GIBA in the collection and release of money on behalf of its members for the years, 2011, 2012 and 2013. We call on all FM and TV stations which are members of GIBA to cooperate with their association with payment of copyright royalties for the use of musical works for the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and thereafter.” Kojo Antwi said.
President of GIBA, Akwasi Agyeman thanked GHAMRO for their patience. He promised to make sure members of the association pay their royalties.
“With this collaboration, we hope to institutionalize copyright payment and royalty payments. We want to work with GHAMRO to bring the culture of pay before play. It is something that is here to stay.” he noted.
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