Copyright infringements irk musicians

THE biggest concern for the Fiji Performing Rights Association is the licensing of the use of music in buses and taxis in the transport sector.

Association chairman Eremasi Tamanisau said in this regard, they were happy that the most challenging mode of transport, air travel, had been taken care of.

“We’ve licensed Air Pacific which is now Fiji Airways for over 10 years now,” he said.

While facilitating a workshop for new members of the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) yesterday, Tamanisau said the primary purpose of the workshop was to create awareness among new members on the functions and roles of FPRA.

“And also their rights, responsibilities and where the money is coming from that is paid out as royalty to them.”

He said once a member was registered, all royalties coming out from his/her original work would then be given to that member.

“Right now there are over 700 members,” he added.

He said FPRA also looked after more than two million foreign works being used in Fiji, because of reciprocal agreements.

“We look after foreign works in Fiji and on the same token all Fijian works in any other part of the world are looked after by them,” he said.

Tamanisau said one of the challenges the association faced was the enforcement of copyright because of the high incidents of piracy.

“These people are basically stealing bread from the mouth of our members and their families,” he said.

More Stories