ECCO Head says law slow on property rights

The head of the Saint Lucia headquartered Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO), Steve Etienne, has asserted that judges and lawyers do not know enough about copyright matters.

As reported in the Antigua Observer newspaper, Etienne said lawyers themselves are not gifted in the knowledge of intellectual property rights.

Asserting that this was anew field for the legal officials, he said once a matter goes before the courts it drags.

Etienne said while the matter is delayed, ECCO is spending money.

He said much of the monies ECCO receives goes toward legal matters, which are pursued for years.

Etienne said it is for this reason that the organisation prefers to negotiate with media houses rather than going to the courts.

The ECCO General Manager disclosed that his organization will be pursuing media houses in its member states that refuse to pay music royalties.

Etienne indicated that an example will be made of the defaulters.

He lamented the lack of government support in the effort since state owned media houses across the Eastern Caribbean have been delinquent in paying royalties for copyright protected music.