NEWSLETTER JULY 2019
IFPI LATIN AMERICA
IFPI LATIN AMERICA ADDRESSES GLOBAL PRIORITIES
In early June, IFPI Latin America held its annual meeting of national groups and affiliated organizations in the region. The event took place in Rio de Janeiro and was hosted by IFPI's National Group in Brazil, PROMUSICA, together with IFPI-affiliated collective management societies ABRAMUS and UBC. The meeting was attended by the CEOs of the leading Brazilian record companies: Som Livre, Sony, Universal and Warner; Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI, and representatives of the Brazilian government and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Over a hundred participants gathered to discuss international priorities and national agendas to promote the value of recorded music in all of our territories.
ADVANCES IN RIGHTS LICENSING IN THE CARIBBEAN
IFPI-affiliated societies in Barbados and Jamaica have reached landmark license agreements after a long period of negotiation and defense of our members' rights. In the case of Barbados, state-owned radio and television have started to pay for broadcasting rights following years of disagreements in this matter with COSCAP, our affiliate organization in Barbados. As for Jamaica, the main TV stations have signed a license agreement with JAMMS, the society representing phonogram producers, thus putting an end to many years of negotiation.
WORKSHOP FOR CARIBBEAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICES
IFPI Latin America and the Caribbean has offered a workshop on intellectual property rights for the Intellectual Property Offices of Barbados, Jamaica, Santa Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. At the event, which was held in Miami in late June, these Intellectual Property Offices were joined by the collective management societies of their countries, and the Finnish society Gramex was invited to collaborate. The participants gained a deeper insight into the music sector and the untapped economic potential for the Caribbean countries, which boast repertoires of worldwide recognition.
COSTA RICAN GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS RESERVATIONS TO INTERNATIONAL TREATIES
On May 7, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) acknowledged receipt of a Declaration whereby the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica notified the withdrawal of its reservation to Article 15.1 of the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). This change has allowed performers and phonogram producers to recover payment of communication to the public rights from traditional free non-interactive over-the-air broadcasters. After the withdrawal months ago of a similar reservation to the Rome Convention, and thanks to an enormous effort made to reverse an unfair situation originated in 2009, our collective management society FONOTICA is now in a position to license the use of phonograms to radio and television companies.
BRAZILIAN AND MEXICAN JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES FIGHT PIRACY
Brazil and Mexico have each launched actions to limit the unauthorized use of the music repertoire belonging to IFPI members. In the case of Brazil, a court judge in São Paulo has issued 32 orders to suspend the domain name of as many Internet websites infringing on copyright protection. As for Mexico, two websites were closed down as a result of legal proceedings initiated by APDIF MEXICO. Illegal music websites benefit on the back of a vast community of artists, authors and phonogram producers while failing to provide them with fair remuneration and recognition for the effort, talent, and resources they invest in the creation of the music.
AMPROFON RELEASES WHITE BOOK OF MEXICAN RECORDED MUSIC INDUSTRY 2018
The Mexican Association of Phonogram Producers (AMPROFON) plans and carries out actions aimed at fostering the industry's development, as well as being the national authoritative voice on music market data. To help understand and study the reality of the local phonographic industry, AMPROFON has just issued a White Book of the Mexican Recorded Music Industry, which includes all the economic indicators for 2017. This first edition intends to present the details of this economic sector and value the effort of hundreds of professionals who, among other achievements, make available to the national and international public the unparalleled Mexican music repertoire.