Wilkie explains copyright mix-up
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS advocate Derek Wilkie has sought to set the record straight on the true rights holder of the 1970s ballad Barbados My Island Of Dreams.
Last week’s release of a cover of the June Knight-Inniss classic by entertainers William “Smokey” Burke, Colin Spencer and Ian Webster, resulted in claims of copyright infringement.
In particular, veteran entertainer Richard Stoute vented frustration that his late brother Michael Wilkinson, who he alleged was the rightful composer, was not credited.
Burke has since disputed the claim that Wilkinson wrote the lyrics of the song.
In a statement to the SATURDAY SUN, Wilkie said he believed the misunderstanding began when another local artiste released a CD and mistakenly credited the authorship to Wilkinson. (SDB Media)
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