KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3, 2015:

Music Authors’ Copyright Protection (MACP) Bhd today reiterated the urgent need to review royalty payments from free-to-air public broadcast stations and government agencies.

Its general manager, Chan Miew Lan, said it was imperative for the government to revise the quantum for payments for the airing of copyrighted music material as the annual remittance artistes and composers received had been declining year by year.

She said for 2014, the non-profit collective management organisation had fetched merely RM550,000 for the licensed broadcasting of songs belonging to its 3,000 members at two public television channels and 36 radio stations nationwide.

Chan said apart from the public broadcasters, the payment also included the airing of local music by some 200 government agencies during events.

“Although they (the government) can say that the airing is to promote local music, the composers of the songs depend on these royalty payments,” she said when met at her office today.

Of the half a million ringgit collected in royalties last year, Chan said RM300,000 was from broadcast royalties and the remaining for usage at government-organised events.

The songs played on radio stations only made up 10% of the payment, which means that each radio station, on average, had paid only RM1,000 for an entire year.

“This is quite sad because our licensees pay us according to their revenue,

“And even though the government is the biggest user of music, it is paying us very little,” she said, pointing out the lack of revenue earned by government stations from advertising, compared with private stations.

However, she said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari had recently assured MACP that he would look into this matter of payments.

During MACP’s annual dinner recently, its president Habsah Hassan called on the government to reevaluate royalty payments as these had been decreasing for the past few years, declining to RM556,000 from the previous RM1 million in 1994.

She said the decreasing amount was unequal to the frequency of music use.

Habsah also said the government’s contract with MACP, which ended last year, had yet to be continued.

This meant that the 3,512 MACP members would not be receiving royalties if their music was used by Radio Televisyen Malaysia or at government events this year.

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