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ECCO gives deejays break on copyright fees


The previous requirement for disc jockeys (mobile DJs) and mobile music providers, such as sound system and karaoke operators, to have a public performance license to perform copyright music has been discontinued by the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc with immediate effect.{{more}}

In an effort to encourage greater use and creation of recorded music, ECCO is treating DJs and mobile music providers the same as artistes who are hired by music promoters and venue owners to provide entertainment to audiences.

ECCO general manager Steve Etienne said: “We want to work with DJ’s in an effort to build a regional music industry. We believe the contribution of DJ’s in shaping the developing and marketing of artistes is an important component of the art form.”

Etienne continued: “DJ’s are intrinsically connected to the business of music, and are close to the music vibe. Perhaps this is why it is not surprising that many DJ’s become artistes in their own right.”

ECCO would like to remind all music users who put on events (even when it’s a DJ acting as a promoter for his own event) that a licence needs to be obtained from ECCO. All events must be licensed in advance to avoid additional costs.