Ziz Part­ners With Ecco

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

ZIZ Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion of St. Kitts Ne­vis will be en­sur­ing that artistes get proper com­pen­sa­tion for their work, when the com­pany signs up with the Saint Lucia based East­ern Caribbean Col­lec­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, or ECCO, next year. Start­ing in 2016, ZIZ will pay a per­cent­age of its rev­enue to ECCO which would then pay roy­al­ties, out of the money col­lected, to reg­is­tered artistes. ZIZ’s Gen­eral Man­ager, Cle­ment O’garro said this is a sig­nif­i­cant step for his com­pany and artistes.

“This is im­por­tant to us be­cause it now gives our home-grown artistes here in St. Kitts-Ne­vis the op­por­tu­nity to col­lect roy­al­ties on their work which I can as­sure you, as some­one who has been in the en­ter­tain­ment field be­fore, most guys are prob­a­bly not reg­is­tered with any sort of pub­lish­ing group and so their mu­sic has gone, or rather their plays have gone un­paid for,” he said. He also noted once ZIZ signs up, he hopes other me­dia houses will fall in line.

“We don’t have a prob­lem sign­ing on but it’s not gonna be fair ei­ther to us, to ECCO or to the owner of th­ese works that there are peo­ple in the same coun­try that are not pay­ing,” he said, adding that with the leg­is­la­tion in place “ECCO has the right to take out in­junc­tions against any­one who fails to com­ply.”

Ac­cord­ing to ECCO’s web­site, through re­cip­ro­cal agree­ments with Col­lec­tive Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions (CMOS), through­out the world, ECCO rep­re­sents and can li­cense vir­tu­ally the world­wide reper­toire of copyright mu­sic for pub­lic per­for­mance, broad­cast, ca­ble trans­mis­sion, and on­line and mo­bile use.

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