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‘Corrupt’ performing rights society board member to face the music

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 at 17:08 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property -- Write a comment


A board member of rights management company Buma/Stemra which represents composers and music publishers has stepped down amid allegations of corruption, the Volkskrant writes on Thursday.

Broadcaster Powned recorded a conversation between Jochem Gerrits and the lawyer of composer Melchior Rietveldt who claims the organisation owes him at least €1m in lost copyright fees.

Rietveldt wrote a piece of music for an anti-piracy ad which was widely distributed without his knowledge. In spite of numerous requests he was never paid for the reproduction of his music.

During the conversation Gerrits offers to bring up the matter during a board meeting on the condition that a third of the proceeds will be paid out to him.

When the lawyer points out that handing over a third of the money for something that rightfully belongs to his client, Gerrits, who denies wrongdoing, says: ‘You have to look at it positively, he could otherwise end up with nothing.’

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