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“JAMAICA NEEDS TO TACKLE PIRACY” SAYS THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY!

 Jamaica needs to tackle piracy—

INTERNATIONAL Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), a global organisation representing worldwide interest of the recording industry, is urging Jamaican authorities to tackle the issue of piracy in order to reap potential benefits of digital music.

“Jamaica needs to tackle piracy by using a combination of graduated response measures and illegal website blocking, creating an environment in which the legal digital music market can flourish. Importantly, the performers’ rights agreed under the WIPO Internet Treaties must also now be passed into local law to enable Jamaican performers to secure the benefits their counterparts in other countries already enjoy,” the IFPI stated in its report.

The IFPI noted that the picture concerning performance rights was more optimistic. The organisation cited the establishment of Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) as being a major plus in this area.

“As a collective management organisation JAMMS’ role is complemented by the Authors Society, which also operates in Jamaica. Both societies have strong local membership and international affiliations… JAMMS reports that growth was fuelled by its strategic licensing activities and a continuing public education and enforcement programme,” the organisation noted.

The IFPI country report on Jamaica also stated that presently radio stations and some other music users submit playlists, which provide the basis on which royalties are paid. However, the umbrella organisation added that unfortunately, these are not always accurate or submitted in a timely manner.

The organisation is, therefore, suggesting a monitoring system which will address these problems and allow for the creation of more comprehensive airplay data in Jamaica.

Formed in 1933, the IFPI is a not-for-profit members’ organisation registered in Switzerland. It operates a Secretariat based in London, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong and Miami.

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