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COSCAP: Pay up

Antoinette Connell

COSCAP: Pay up

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From gas stations to hair salons, with doctors in between, have been put on notice that they must pay royalties for playing music for customers.
Music rights collection body COSCAP has begun its latest crackdown on businesses which have been escaping paying for a music licence. Its latest targets will also include the wildly popular parties on the high seas.
On Monday, the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (COSCAP) issued a letter to the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) reminding its members that when music is played in any business and made audible to the public or members of staff, clearance must be sought.
“COSCAP provides this clearance by means of our copyright music licence that we issue to all businesses where music is publicly performed or transmitted . . . . By obtaining a licence you will enjoy the security and peace of mind knowing that you are acting within the law and cannot be sued for copyright infringement,” the correspondence said.