Caribbean Cinemas appeals ‘landmark’ judgement

Caribbean Cinemas filed an appeal Tuesday against the judgment of the High Court which allowed the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO), to claim damages as a non-exclusive licensee of several copyright organizations, a statement from Caribbean Cinemas has said.

Caribbean Cinemas said it is determined to ensure that the Law of Copyright that is applied in Saint Lucia, allows for a collective society  here to operate within the established boundaries of the law.

“Caribbean Cinemas therefore looks forward to the consideration of its Appeal and wishes to assure the public that it is committed to the legal process that will finally determine this issue,” the statement said.

ECCO recently won judgement in the High Court against Mega Plex Entertainment which operates Caribbean Cinemas here.

In a civil suit, ECCO sued Mega Plex for copyright infringement and asked the court for damages.

On July 25,  2017, Justice Godfrey Smith ruled in favour of ECCO.

The Judge found that the cinema was  liable for infringing the rights of ECCO’s  members.

ECCO hailed the ruling as a ‘landmark’ decision.

“The cinema airs movies and in airing the movies there’s music within the movies and the music within the movies is owned by people and the people who own that music are persons represented by ECCO, so ECCO is entitled to a portion of the revenue for those movies being aired and the music being aired within those movies,”  ECCO’s Legal Counsel, Thaddeus Antoine had explained following the High Court ruling.


  1. Anonymous
    August 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I’m still trying to figure how Caribbean cinemas should pay ECCO when the cinema already paid to obtain the rights and content of the movie. Worse yet there is absolutely no local music in these movies. Greed gets you nowhere ECCO.

    1. Errol Charles
      August 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Every video is accompanied by a score/s .You may have a license to broadcast your video but you are still liable to the writers and producers of the scores which have not and will never stop being some ones’ intellectual property. So on what are the cinemas making their monies ?did they settle any of the players(score owners). Even the games shop are guilty .I am a member how would i get anything if those hawks go free, stop thinking local it an international thing .Locals should target those scores for big royalty .Keep up the good works ECCO.

  2. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 5:06 am

    don t think ECCO will see that money,not so easy,ECCO will have to pay Thaddius alot of money to defend the appeal

  3. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I don’t understand , which or what music is played in movies @ CC that ECCO has rights too? I have never heard of any local songs in any of these movies!!! Someone explain further …….

  4. Jabal
    August 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

    WHAAAA ???????
    My head is still spinning.
    ECCO… get a grip.
    A backhoe will soon tear that ‘Landmark’ down

  5. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:34 am

    ECOO t a chew la!

  6. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

    in an attempt to fatten his salary the CEO of ECCO will do anyrhing to accomplish this. if Caribbean Cinemas loses their appeal the only person who stands to gain is the ECCO CEO. in the meantime ECCO.s Funds which should be going to the atists is being spent on lawyers fees. Mr. CEO your Salary and perks is already excessive what will satisfy you?

  7. Boxhead
    August 9, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Which movie has “Sully” in it ECCO? Chewps go get a life cause the little monies people paying to watch a movie,soon will be increased because of you’ll crap.

  8. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I am sure that when Mega Plex purchased the movies they paid for use of the music within the movies. The judge on that matter had no clue what was going on. I don’t think he understands the copyright laws. That’s one appeal Mega Plex will win. Baytese!!!!!

  9. Judy
    August 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Ecco doesn’t only represents local

  10. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Back ward thinking , it look like some lucians so brain washed by years and years of ill treatment by big business . I realize some of you ‘ ll jus automaticallly bend over when you ‘ lll hear big business . That damn business makes profit upon profit and idiots here crying for them and against Ecco . This is slave trade all over black people selling black people .the gaming authority is held responsible for maintaining sporting facilities on island. But us house N____gas so blind we have an alcohol industry that makes profits yearly and destroy family after , causing all different health issues , road accidents (lets not even go there) but because some shot callers own shares in that establishment in vfort. It’s is st. Lucia best kept secret . I have never seen set of people like this , willing to exploit there people for profits . We eh no different from the black people who sold slaves …….

  11. Vlinder
    August 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I am trying to wrap my brain about this ruling …it just don’t make no sense. The rights are paid for this movies with all its contents when they are released. Then all the Mega Plexs’ within the Caribbean should be charged if that is the case. Why Mega Plex St. Lucia only? Somebody wants to cash in🤔🤔🤔

  12. Ashlyn Tonia Anius
    August 9, 2017 at 9:33 am

    That’s bull the persons who created the movie has already paid for the rights to the music bull ecco trying and they going to take 98 cents on every dollar and give 2cents get outta here….

  13. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I never heard of any local songs being played at the cinema…or in the movies….Way Shi…..I hearing de

  14. Anonymous
    August 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    All movies… the cinema….have no local …songs..In then..since when..the GOVERMENT …so…mest up…

  15. Anonymous
    August 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

    After ecco wins, and they may…I hope the foreign artist behind the songs sue ecco back for all their money. Don’t interfere with things that not your business

  16. Makavelli
    August 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Who judges the %s to be paid to ECCO by the Cinemas?

    And who is going to ensure that ECCO pays the foreign artists?

    What % goes to the Artist? Where Beyonce cheque goin?

    This is one big can of worms about to be opened here.

  17. Patriotic
    August 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Mi roro. Film at 11.

  18. 5.20.100
    August 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I hope the monies that they collect from Caribbean Cinemas will go to the rightful owners of the music played in the movies (see end credits).
    If it doesn’t, I do hope that this will reach the ears of the companies/artists that own the rights and that in turn they will sue E.C.C.O. to get what’s rightfully theirs.
    It’s one thing if you represent the local/regional artists (or members) but it’s another if you claim to represent international artists yet they do not get what’s theirs.