Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has insisted that his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) is not the one using copyrighted material of Barbados calypsonian, Anthony Gabby Carter, in the campaign leading up to Saint Lucia general elections on July 26.
In an interview with Barbados Today, Chastanet said he believes Gabby, whom he described as a gentleman he respects, was misinformed.
“I think he has got the wrong party,” the Saint Lucia prime minister told the Barbados publication.
Chastanet said while he has not been in contact with the Barbadian music maestro, others have been trying to reach him.
Gabby is seeking EC$40,000 in compensation over the unauthorised use of his music by the UWP.
In a statement, quoted by Barbados Today, Gabby said the UWP was or is using his intellectual property in the form of his music “without the expressed permission of the composer or publisher.”
“I wish to disassociate myself from Allen Chastanet and the United Workers’ Party, who in no form or fashion align with the philosophical values that I represent,” the Barbados Cultural Ambassador and holder of an honourary Doctorate from UWI’s Cave Hill campus declared.
Gabby said he was compelled instruct Chastanet and the UWP to cease and desist from the use of any of his intellectual property and copyrighted music in any form for political advertising, motorcade or public meeting during the election campaign, including on the SKY FM 93.1 radio station frequency.
However, Chastanet told Barbados Today that he has nothing to do with the radio station.
“And as you would appreciate, any radio station that is operating is licensed and if they were using anybody’s music they would be covered under the copyright…the licensing,” he said.
Gabby was quoted as saying that he would give adequate time for the Saint Lucia prime minister to respond to his demands.