Vehnee Saturno’s appeal to singers is correct PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 June 2018 14:03

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…  And God spoke all these words… “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor’…” (Exodus 20:1, 17, the Holy Bible).

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VEHNEE SATURNO’S APPEAL TO SINGERS IS CORRECT: Ladies and gentlemen, my beloved countrymen, I am one with the plea of popular original Pilipino music composer, Mr. Venancio “Vehnee” Saturno in his Facebook account, about singers and other individuals who sing songs composed by him or by other songwriters and composers without the singers’  first seeking the permission of the song’s composers.

The reason is that, clearly, the act of singing or using the songs of the composer without his prior permission is not only an immoral and disgraceful conduct, but is even a crime which could fetch the stiff penalty of up to nine years of imprisonment, and of the payment of a fine amounting to P1.5 million.

I highly recommend to the singers and to everyone else adverted to by Mr. Saturno to read with urgency Republic Act 8293, as amended, to enable them to understand these penalties. RA 8239 is otherwise known as “An Act Prescribing the Intellectual Property Code and Establishing the Intellectual Property Office, Providing for its Powers and Functions, and For Other Purposes.”

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“PLEASE TALK TO US FIRST”: Here is Mr. Saturno’s Facebook post, which  I have translated from Filipino to English (the original of this post in Filipino can be accessed at his own Facebook account): “There are many singers who have their own You Tube Channels. They are continuing to produce cover songs without any permission from the songwriters and publishers, and You Tube and others are paying the singers for these cover songs, depending on the number of viewers.

“Songwriters and publishers like us are making a plea to all singers: if they wish to make cover songs out of our compositions, they should at least talk to us first, so that all the songs they will use or sing would have the proper license or permission.

“About hit songs that are repeatedly sung or played in all shows by all singers, what we have been getting is a measly performance rights only, which is paid to Filscap. Now, supposing the songwriter will tell the singer not so sing his (the songwriter’s) songs?

“Would that be considered inhumane? I am simply asking a question here. We are of course thankful to the singers who sing our songs on TV, because that constitutes a big help in promoting and making the song famous. Thank you!”

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USING ANOTHER’S COMPOSITION WITHOUT PERMISSION VIOLATES GOD’S COMMANDMENTS: If the truth be told, what the singers are doing—making cover songs using the compositions of songwriters without the latter’s prior permission or consent—constitutes a flagrant violation of one of the Ten Commandments that God handed down to believers in olden times, through Moses. According to Exodus 20:15, “do not steal”.

In the Philippines (and even in the whole world), using the property of another without the owner’s prior permission is stealing. The efficacy of this commandment subsists up to now because, according to Jesus, our God and Savior who is God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, all of God’s laws must have to be complied with, even as of the present time!

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