Bizmen urged to renew-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Friday, October 18, 2013
"WE ARE here to give value to the works of Filipino composers and not to prosecute businesses that have not been paying us."
This was stressed by the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Filscap) general manager Mark Thursday Alciso in their public consultation held Wednesday morning as he urged local businessmen to renew their licenses for them to be able to play musical compositions and songs produced by Filipino and foreign composers.
Alciso stressed they have been partnering with the local bars, restaurant and hotel organizations to explain fully the scope of copyright laws in the country that gives value to the works of artists.
He explained many misconceptions on Filscap's schemes of collecting royalties, which is why they have been reaching out to the provinces to explain their thrusts in giving value to works of Filipino composers.
Some 91 business establishments, majority of which are members of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio have been given license by Filscap for the performance and playing of various musical compositions of songs by Filipino and foreign composers.
He said they have dropped several cases against Baguio businesses as the local community here has been receptive to the needs of composers and artists.
However, to assert the rights of local and foreign composers, he said they are pursuing cases against businesses that have not been heeding their call for the payment of licenses.
They have also been reaching out to businesses as he stressed the only way to make businesses understand the value of the works of Filipino and foreign composers is for them to explain fully their schemes of collection and of giving these royalties to local musicians.
He said they have rates that are reasonable enough if only they are given the chance to explain to businesses the value of a compositor’s work.
Meanwhile, Filscap membership and communications manager Camile Miserale stressed they are also reaching out to Cordilleran and Ilokano composers to become members of Filscap to ease their means of collecting royalties for their compositions.
Miserale said they only have a handful of Ilokano and Cordilleran composers which is why they are reaching out to the provinces to give value to these compositions which have been facing serious threats of losses due to piracy and unsolicited playbacks of their records.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 19, 2013.