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An Anti-Royalty Movement?

Bali Hotels Refusing to Pay Music Copyright Royalties.


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(2/13/2006)

The Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) is remaining steadfast in its refusal to pay music royalties demanded by the Indonesian Copyright Collection Agency (YKCI), claiming ongoing efforts to collect music royalties are premature in the absence of implementing regulations yet to be issued by the Central Government.

On the eve of the annual nation-wide PHRI conference, I Gusti Kade Sutawa, the Secretary General of PHRI-Bali restated his membership's rejection of any efforts by YCKI to collect royalty payments for music played live or via recordings at Bali's hotels and restaurants. YCKI collects payments for musical compositions created by both Indonesian and international composers.

Despite the formal acknowledgement of YCKI by the government, PHRI-Bali is insisting that the mandatory collection of fees by any agency must be preceded by clear implementing rules and laws set out by the Government. According to Sutawa, "until such a time as there are implanting laws, fees levied by a foundation lacking clear statements of responsibilities can only be considered an illegal levy."

Fees being requested by the YCKI from restaurants and hotels can reportedly vary between Rp. 1.5 – 6 million (approximately US$158 -630).



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