4 Mar 2004

Fiji artists seek royalty from transport operators

3:33 pm on 4 March 2004

A Fiji recording artist, Seru Serevi, says public transport operators who play music must pay royalty fees.

The Copyright Act provides for fines of up to 30-thousand US and prison sentences for those found guilty of breaching it.

Seru Serevi, whose also one of the directors for Fiji's Performing Rights Association, says for example, media organisations and the hospitality industry, pay.

And he says public transport operators need to pay too.

"As a composer, I don't see any reason why buses and taxi transport operators should be spared. I mean they are public vehicles making their business from carting the public, and using the work of composers to enhance their business. So I think they should be licensed."

Mr Serevi says they are protecting their interests and are now targeting public transport operators for royalties.

He says royalties in Fiji are not paid upfront, but artists get rights from music sales and air play.