Thursday, July 7

SGAE charges against SEDA for some accusations that it qualifies as “false and manipulated” about the errors in the works registry

SGAE has entered the crossfire against SEDA, the new rights management company, made up of some 50 authors who have left SGAE. The president of this, Antonio Onetti, has defended the entity against the information published by SEDA this Monday, June 21. In a statement from the entity chaired by Patacho Recio, “irregularities that could be millionaires” were denounced in the distribution of copyright. published the documents on which the accusation of the authors who are part of SEDA is based. These are errors of various types in the assignment of the rights percentages, publishers who do not charge their percentages because they did not present the corresponding score or authors who do not receive distribution of rights for any of their different IPI (the international code that is assigned to each author, and that they can be several if they use different names or alter the order of their surnames).

Onetti considers that these accusations are “false and manipulated” and that they are part of a campaign to “destabilize the house” because “SEDA needs a smokescreen to hide its lack of infrastructure and management”, adding that “it is easier hide it by speaking ill of SGAE than admitting his disability “. The president of the company has advanced that his legal department is studying what legal actions it is going to take against SEDA for these statements.

Regarding the errors reported by the authors of SEDA, Adrián Restrepo, general director of the SGAE, has pointed out that SEDA has not analyzed the 80 million works or the 4 million beneficiaries that society represents and make up the SGAE repertoire, but rather a analysis of 50 authors and 2,000 works; “Copyright management is not done with rules of three,” he says. “Most of the records [señalados por SEDA] they correspond to antiquities between 25 and 40 years old, which have gone through different stages of development of the regulations of the society “, has contributed, as an explanation for the errors.” When in the past SGAE made the declarations on its own initiative, it did not At the request of the author, this type of thing happened but in the present and for many years these errors have not happened in the SGAE “, he added.

Restrepo has indicated that the entity informs the authors when their records are updated. In addition, the SGAE has processes, “endorsed by CISAC”, “professional rules”, audits and quarterly data analysis of the documentation of the entire CISAC community, to contrast the international information with their own.

The general director of SGAE has also pointed out that the authors who have made these errors public in their repertoire did not bring them to the attention of the SGAE when they were members of it or when they belonged to the Board of Directors, “and that was their responsibility,” he said. added Adrián Restrepo. Asked about the case of authors such as Rosa León, who have indicated that they have not received rights for all the international codes that are assigned to their name (the IPI numbers, of which there are up to 10 different, according to SGAE) but only for one of Restrepo has said that “it is possible” that this has happened, but that “the author has mechanisms to review his repertoire, inform society and correct it” and the SGAE has not received any complaint in this regard.

Regarding the authors who have found songs assigned to their IPI number and those who are not authors, as is the case of Luis Martín, guitarist of Los Ronaldos, Restrepo has said that in such cases, he has described as ” rare “, the author has” an obligation to return the money. ”

Onetti has remarked that the Ministry of Culture granted a license to SEDA with an unfavorable report from the ministry’s technicians and that to this day it is still not admitted to CISAC, the international confederation that groups management entities. SGAE has opened a dispute against SEDA through contentious-administrative proceedings in a complaint for the granting of the license to operate that the Ministry gave it.