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Seven fetes will go on

In face of COTT threat...
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Organisers of seven fetes under threat by the Copyright Organisation of T&T (COTT) yesterday signalled their intention to go ahead with their events in defiance of the body. Acting on behalf of the Fatima Old Boys’ Association (FOBA), attorney Keith Scotland wrote to COTT indicating that his client had acquired its licences for today’s Re-Boot event from the T&T Copyright Collection Organisation (TTCO).


He noted that “there is no legal requirement pursuant to the Copyright Act 1997 (“the Act”), mandating our client to seek a performance licence specifically and solely from your client. “Consequently, it is abundantly clear that our client was entitled to obtain its performance license from TTCO, TTCO being one of the established collection and licensing bodies in this jurisdiction.”


Noting that the TTCO is concerned with the licensing of copyright of authors, composers, live performers and works of mas and is registered with the Intellectual Property Division of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Scotland accused COTT of misrepresentation the facts on the matter and attempting to bring his client into disrepute.


Saying his client had worked hard to established its brand name. Scotland also said he intended to bring the matter “to the attention of all stakeholders and relevant authorities, especially if your client intends and indeed persists with its outrageous and unsubstantiated conduct.” Apart from Re-Boot, COTT had also threatened to shut down Misty Ridge Excite, Misty Ridge Premium All-Inclusive, Wanted and Soca by the Ranch, which were all carded for this weekend.   


The other two fetes—Shades Breakfast party and Double Up—are carded for next weekend. The Misty Ridge promoters also indicated their intention to go ahead with their events.


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