“Get licensed’ or face the music

President Fiji Performers Right Association Saimoni Vuatalevu (2nd from left) with the members of FPRA,Seru Serevi (left),Laisa Vulakoro and Inoke Kalounisiga "Knox" (right) with the high court judgement in their favour in Suva earlier this week. Picture: RAMA

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association is calling on those who use music for business to get licensed or face consequences.

This was after FPRA won its recent case against the Lautoka Sugar Festival Association where they were ordered to pay a total of $13, 866.97 for failing to license its music.

Speaking during a press conference yesterday, FPRA director Inoke Kalounisiga said it was only fair that the rights of composers were respected.

“It really sends out that message that we are trying to put across that it’s just fair if you are using someone’s work for you to earn money, is that he’s respected and his rights are respected and he gets his fair share of money,” he said.

“It not like we are going out there hustling people to give money, we are just taking care of the rights of people registered under FPRA for their fair share.

“This is where we pay royalties to the members.”

Composer and director Seru Serevi said the recent win was an example for music users.

According to FPRA, those who ignore the rules could pay up to $50,000 in fine or five years imprisonment.

The association consists of more than 800 members.

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