The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) has signed a licence agreement with SAT Telecommunications Ltd (SAT) of Dominica on Friday 8th March 2013. Mc Carthy MARIE Chairman of the Board of Directors of ECCO signed on behalf of ECCO while Marlon Alexander, Managing Director of SAT signed on behalf of the Company.
SAT is now legally authorized to transmit on its cable Television network musical works in the repertoire controlled by ECCO in Dominica. The repertoire controlled by ECCO includes all the music written by ECCO’s own members as well as music written by any member of the 200 plus similar societies in the world with which ECCO is affiliated. The foreign societies whose repertoire is controlled in Dominica and the OECS include SACEM in France, The Performing Right Society of the UK, ASCAP and BMI of the US, MCSK of the People’s Republic of China as well as the Caribbean Societies – COSCAP from Barbados, COTT from Trinidad and Tobago and JACAP of Jamaica.
Mr. Alexander expressed the view that it has always been SAT’s objective to operate a completely legal operation and the signing of the licence contract with ECCO is testimony to his company’s commitment to honour its legal obligation to compensate all content owners whose works of whatever sort are transmitted on its Cable TV network.
Meanwhile Mc Carthy MARIE expressed satisfaction with the negotionns with SAT which always acknowledged its obligation to have a licence from ECCO for the use of musical works on its service. According to him the negotiations were always conducted in a frank and professional manner and he is pleased that it was not necessary to threaten or initiate any legal action against SAT as ECCO has had to do with other music users in Dominica and the wider OECS.