As you know, we have had a long and mutually satisfactory partnership agreement with PPI since 2002, with regard to the fair and equitable sharing of licence fees collected by PPI on behalf of both producers and performers. Since 2013, however, that situation has changed radically. This has occurred through the unilateral actions of PPI, who have sought to alter the manner in which data has been analysed by agreement between us for many years, and then taken further action to withhold funds from the normal distribution on the basis of retrospective calculations. Over the past three years, the Board of RAAP has endeavoured through every means possible, in dialogue, discussion and dispute, to persuade PPI to desist from this approach and to make full restitution to RAAP of monies withheld. Unfortunately our best efforts have come to nought. We have therefore been forced to issue court proceedings to settle the matter.
Our case is against both PPI and the State.
The main thrust of our case against PPI concerns the apportionment between producers and performers of the licence fees paid by users to PPI for broadcasting, public performance and cable retransmission of performances. We contend that that the ‘Equitable Remuneration’ to which performers are entitled represents 50% of PPI’s income in respect of these uses less certain of PPI’s expenses and charges involved in the collection and distribution of such income. We also contend that these expenses and charges should be totally transparent and made available to RAAP for scrutiny.
PPI has held back in excess of €3 million for the period since 2013, and has indicated that it will continue to make further deductions into the future. It maintains that it is entitled to exclude from the distribution royalties paid for performances of foreign (mainly US) performers, allocating these sums instead to the very small number of US music producers it represents. We contend that, in addition to these deductions being in breach of the contract between us, PPI has wrongfully allocated sums as their costs and expenses of collection and deducted them from the licence fees paid by users before sharing the income with RAAP. These are the main points of our case against PPI. PPI insists that the changes in practice which they are attempting to force upon RAAP are justified by the wording of parts of current copyright law.
In so far as the State is concerned, we have represented to the Department of Jobs, Employment and Innovation (which has departmental responsibility for the legal rights deriving from copyright) that to the extent that the legislation could be called upon successfully by PPI, it is not in accordance with Ireland’s European and international obligations. In our proceedings we are therefore seeking a declaration that both European directives and international conventions require the right to remuneration of sound recordings to be equally accorded to performers and producers.
We believe that PPI has breached our longstanding agreement, to the detriment of performers. We also contend that performers’ rights under Irish law must be clarified and made compliant with Ireland’s European and international obligations. We regret that the only method of vindicating the rights of performers involves resort to the courts. However the attitude and actions of PPI have left RAAP with no other option.
We will keep you updated as necessary over the next number of months.
R.A.A.P. is a not for profit members organisation set up to administer Artists Intellectual Property Rights. We are collecting monies throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. All monies collected from foreign territories is passed on fully with no deductions of any sort, unlike agents who deduct fees ranging up to 40%.Find out more...
When your recorded music is played on the radio or as background in public bars, restaurants etc. you are entitled to a royalty payment, RAAP collects and administers these royalties on your behalf.Find out more...
Despite the fact that digital technology has fundamentally changed the way that music, films, television series, advertising and other works are produced and distributed, most of the professional creative content on the Internet would still not exist without us, the performers. Our work is by and large the most popular content on the Internet. It is a major driver of new business models, technological innovation and consumer behaviour... Read More...
Together we can make a difference.
Please go to http://www.fair-internet.eu/ now and sign the petition.
Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.
The 'Fair Internet for Performers Campaign' brings together AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO, who represent musicians, singers, actors and dancers, all united in their call to the European legislator to 'make the Internet a fair environment for performers' Read More...
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R.A.A.P. is delighted to assist in the fundraising for various Irish charities including
The Irish Cancer Society,
Oxfam Ireland and
The National Maternity Hospital Foundation.
The performers of 'The Ballad of Ronnie Drew', 'The Cake Sale' and 'Winter Song' (Twitterxmassingle) among others have generously donated their performance royalties to their associated charities.