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Below is the first of a three-part report, originally published in New Nation newspaper in 2004, exposing how record companies and so-called ‘collection societies’ deprived reggae artists of millions of pounds in publishing and royalty revenues.
‘The £100m Reggae Robbery’ investigation revealed how France-based intellectual property lawyer André Bertrand and John Murray-Smith, ex-director of British company Definite Publishing, fought on behalf of reggae stars such as Jimmy Cliff (below), Sly and Robbie, Max Romeo, Bunny Lee and Winston McAnuff to recoup revenue from record labels such as Island, Virgin, Trojan and Culture Press.
Murray-Smith and Bertrand also claimed that collection societies in France had entered into secret and unlawful agreements that made it almost impossible for Jamaican musicians to collect monies owed to them.
Over the next few years, Murray-Smith’s partnership with Bertrand helped establish several precedents in European law. Below are some of their achievements:
*Murray-Smith helped to administer over €1.4 million (around £2 million) in litigation settlements to more than 240 reggae artists.
*French collection society ADAMI agreed to pay around £970,000 to 250 reggae artists for the broadcasting of their music on French TV and radio between 1993 and 2005.
*The Court of Paris ruled against Virgin’s parent company EMI and fined the label for featuring songs on a compilation CD released in France, Absolute Reggae, without permission from either the artist or producer.
*The same court ordered Culture Press, run by Enzo Hamilton, to pay damages of £40,000 to Romeo; £10,200 to Mcanuff; £1,500 to Lee; and imposed a penalty of £6,800 (€10,000) for every album the French record company sold without permission after May 2005.
*Bertrand won a court action stopping British label Trojan Records from selling the DVD Bob Marley Live in France, after he discovered the surviving members of Marley’s Wailers band were not receiving any revenues from its sale.
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