The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. has expressed concern over copyright infringements during the 2021 election campaign in Saint Lucia.
According to an ECCO release ahead of Monday’s poll, infringements ranged from public performances without the necessary licences from the organisation to the adaptation of copyrighted works without the permission of the owners of the work.
“To date, none of the political entities, whether registered parties or independent candidates, have approached ECCO to obtain the necessary licences for the permission to use copyrighted music in their rallies, motorcades, meetings and other events,” ECCO stated on Friday.
It also disclosed that there have been several instances where works have been adapted without the express permission of the creators.
ECCO cited the the Copyright Act of St. Lucia, stating that the owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit certain acts in relation to the work including the public performance of the work, broadcasting of the work, or adaptation, arrangement or transformation of the work.
“An adaptation without the express permission of the owner of the copyright work is an infringement of the rights of the creator, including the creators’ moral rights. Further, the creators are to be remunerated for the use of their works, which they receive in the form of royalties,” the organisation asserted.
In this regard, ECCO urged all parties involved in the public performance of copyright music to respect the rights of music creators, comply with the law and obtain the requisite licences.