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COTT wins Anti-Piracy Case


The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) in conjunction with the Chaguanas Municipal Police brought six persons before the Chaguanas 3rd Magistrate’s Court for infringing musical works in the course of a business.

Twenty six (26) charges were laid against the defendants who were apprehended on February 7th 2013 during an anti-piracy exercise done by the Borough’s Municipal Police led by Inspector Octive Lewis and COTT’s Licensing Officers.

A total of 1,565 CDs were seized during the raid and handed over to COTT from the defendants.

The fines laid by Magistrate Alexander Prince for each of the six defendants were:

  • $10,000 in default six (6) months hard labour.
  • $400 for selling marketable commodities
  • $600 compensation to the Borough

Defendants were given 28 days without extension to pay these fines.

Magistrate Prince advised that musical instruments will be returned to the defendants within 7 days. In the case of future infringement, the carts will be confiscated.

Manager of General Licensing, Judy Anne Prescod, said the recent exercise was very successful and it is just the beginning of such to come. She stated that “Our aim is to make music piracy in T&T a thing of the past” and emphasised that the Organisation is sounding a warning to both manufacturers and vendors of pirated music that COTT is taking seriously the protection of its members’ copyrighted works.

The fine for infringement pursuant to Section 41 of the amended Copyright Act Trinidad of 1997 is $250,000 and ten years imprisonment.

About COTT

COTT, established as far back as 1984, collects licence fees for composers, authors and publishers when musical works are publicly performed, broadcast, recorded, used or transmitted on the internet, and/or otherwise communicated to the public.

These fees are then distributed to the creators of the musical works and their publishers by way of royalties.

Through international affiliation, COTT administers the rights of over 1 million authors and composers and in excess of 40 million musical works, in addition to the works of its own over 2000 + local members.

For further information please contact La Toya Jackson, Office of the CEO at 624-2688 ext 2102 or communications@cott.org.tt.

Posted by: cindy::Feb 26, 2013

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