Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Inc., the country’s biggest organization that enforces the rights of music creators, in partnership with SM Cinema, recently released an infomercial on music copyright. The 45-second video that will run for one year (2013-2014) is a FILSCAP initiated effort in increasing public awareness on the value of music and garnering more recognition and support for the rights of music creators.
The release of the infomercial in cinemas is a big win for music creators worldwide as far as providing the general public with information on the indispensable and ever-present role of music in our everyday lives. It is also a call to individuals and business practitioners to comply with the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines which states the need to secure proper permission from music creators for the use of music in any personal and/or business transactions—a right that is diligently enforced by FILSCAP.
FILSCAP is a non-stock, non-profit association of composers, lyricists and music publishers established in 1965 to primarily administer and enforce the “authorization rights” of music creators / copyright owners with respect to the public performance and communication to the public of their musical works. It is a regular member of the Paris-based International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) which is the international confederation for copyright societies around the world. At present, FILSCAP has 900+ members and 40+ affiliate foreign societies, and holds the right to license the public playing or transmission of at least 90% of the popular copyrighted local and foreign musical works in the Philippines. FILSCAP’s licensees include, among others, TV stations, radio stations, concert/event producers, malls, retail stores, restaurants, bars, music lounges, cinemas, salons, spas, airlines, hotels, casinos, amusement parks and website owners/operators.