FOR MORE THAN 50 years, the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP) has championed the value of music and intellectual property rights of music creators that this time it has raised a howl of protest again against some “high and mighty” who have aired Filipino songs without the play-with-pay arrangement with the composers in what could be termed as “creative piracy.”
Facing complaint were a luxury hotel, a cable TV operator and broadband internet provider Cable Link and Holdings, Quiznos franchise chain of Ambassador Amable Aguiluz and Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson and his Stern Real Estate and Development Corporation.
“We are artists but we do not condone stealing of our music,” said a FILSCAP member who requested anonymity.
It has been the core mission of FILSCAP to protect the intellectual and creative property of Filipino talents for more than 50 years.
Established in 1965 to primarily help music users get the necessary permission to use copyrighted local and foreign songs, and help music creators get royalties for the use of their songs, FILSCAP is a non-stock non-profit association of composers, lyricists and music publishers.
It is a member of the Paris-based International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the umbrella organization for 232 creator rights management organizations worldwide.
It was learned that FILSCAP has been duly accredited by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines to operate as a Collective Management Organization (CMO) for music creators and copyright owners, and to primarily license the public playing, broadcast and streaming of the songs of its members, and the members of its affiliate foreign societies. Currently, FILSCAP’s repertoire covers over 20 million copyrighted local and foreign songs. (JD//The MiNT)