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Tuesday 24th January 2017: The Copyright Music Organisation of T&T (COTT) notes with grave concern the confusion being expressed by its members, promoters and other users of musical works. COTT wishes therefore to clarify its position on licenses required for public performances of musical works, especially at upcoming carnival events.

COTT controls the copyright in over 40,000 musical works written by its own 3,300 plus members. In addition, COTT represents over 40 million musical works written by several million composers and authors who are members of similar Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) in other countries with which COTT is affiliated through Reciprocal Agreements.

COTT advises promoters to be pro-active and check with the 3 local CMOs to verify that the CMO does in fact represent the works to be performed at any event, before acceding to any request by the CMO for a license. This will ensure that they (promoters) are issued the correct license or licenses to cover the works to be performed at their events.

COTT notes that promoters have been approached by another CMO stating that it has the authority to represent Neighbouring Rights to cover the public performance of sound recordings. Again, COTT encourages promoters to seek confirmation that the owners of the relevant sound recordings are indeed members of any CMO claiming representation.

COTT wishes to explain that its license fees are charged based on the size of its repertoire and the extent of its use. COTT deems its long-standing rate of 4.5% of box office receipts to be fair and reasonable. The existing rate in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is 5%.

COTT confirms that its DJ License covers performances of musical works by DJs at places not normally covered by a COTT blanket license and/or another COTT tariff. The DJ License has existed for decades locally and pre-dates the formation of COTT.

Finally, COTT further advises promoters that a full list of its membership can be obtained at its office and on its website www.cott.org.tt

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Posted by: administrator::Jan 24, 2017



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