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Beijing Treaty will grant more benefits to the protagonists of the film and audiovisual industry

Representatives of Sodaie, Adda SG, Sodinavie and Sodogdc talk about the benefits that actors and actresses will receive for the commercialization of their works and

Collective management entities in the Dominican Republic welcomed the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty, which supposes, when it begins to be executed in the Dominican Republic, it will represent greater economic benefits for actors, actresses, dancers and artists from other areas.

This was expressed separately by the Dominican Association of Audiovisual Rights, Management Company (Adda SG); and in a virtual meeting with the press, the Dominican Society of Performers and Performers (SODAIE), which also had the participation of the Dominican Society of Audiovisual Performers (Sodinavi) and the Dominican Society of Screenwriters and Film Directors (Sodogdc).

Pochy Familia, spokesman for Sodaie when referring to the treaty, said that it is an event of great impact in favor of the artists. “The current delivery is of great importance for actors, actresses,musicians, singers … everyone who interprets or executes something in an audiovisual”, outlined Familia, highlighting the impact that the agreement will have on music and cinema.

At the meeting held by the Zoom platform were, among other executives of the entities, Chucky Acosta, president of Sodaie, Johnnié Mercedes (Sodinavi), Robert Cornelio de Sodogdc and Elaine Acevedo. Actor Johnnié Mercedes advocates for the rights of actors and actresses.

Collective management entities in the Dominican Republic welcomed the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty, which supposes, when it begins to be executed in the Dominican Republic, it will represent greater economic benefits for actors, actresses, dancers and artists from other areas.

This was expressed separately by the Dominican Association of Audiovisual Rights, Management Company (Adda SG); and in a virtual meeting with the press, the Dominican Society of Performers and Performers (SODAIE), which also had the participation of the Dominican Society of Audiovisual Performers (Sodinavi) and the Dominican Society of Screenwriters and Film Directors (Sodogdc).

Pochy Familia, spokesman for Sodaie when referring to the treaty, said that it is an event of great impact in favor of the artists. “The current delivery is of great importance for actors, actresses, musicians, singers … everyone who interprets or executes something in an audiovisual”, outlined Familia, highlighting the impact that the agreement will have on music and cinema.

Elaine Acevedo, representing Sodinavi, stated that the Beijing Treaty is an instrument of the World Intellectual Property Organization through which the rights of artists participating in an audiovisual work are granted. “This includes moral rights, which means that there is recognition of our participation in an audiovisual work and patrimonial rights, which is the right to receive benefits every time that work is screened,” Acevedo reported.

Acevedo stated that from now on the actors will receive remuneration every time the films are shown. “However, the treaty establishes that actors and actresses may continue to assign rights to producers,” he explained, The application of the treaty will enter into force after the National Copyright Office so establishes it and the companies are duly authorized by the official institutions.

In the audiovisual, the resources generated by public communication belonged to the producer and the artists received no remuneration. He was the absolute owner of everything after your performance. What this treaty does is that the actor is paid every time a film is shown in a public place, “said Pochy Familia.

Protagonists

The actor Johnnié Mercedes when speaking on behalf of the actors positively valued the decision and recalled that as an actor he has signed many contracts. “I feel very happy because we are all going to benefit. I have signed contracts in which one surrendered the rights, including those of the Beijing Treaty, without establishing its legality. Today one can sign a percentage agreement, but now we will have some benefits indicated in the agreement that has just been approved, ”said Mercedes. Robert Cornelio, representing the film production scriptwriters, considered it a victory. “I am very happy because from now on they will be able to negotiate beyond what was agreed with the producers. Until now the great benefits remain in the hands of the producers or owners of the films. The treaty enters into force at the time of COVID-19. We have many colleagues to whom we have to contribute with them, however now they will now finally receive financial remuneration for the work they have already done, ”said Cornelio.

Adda SG’s position

Prominent actor Mario Lebrón spoke on behalf of the Dominican Association for Audiovisual Rights, Sociedad de Gestión (Adda SG), a collective management entity established and with a payroll of more than 400 members, rejoices at the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty , last April 28.

“The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Interpretations and Executions, was adopted at a diplomatic conference organized by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in the city of Beijing in 2012. And it comes to correct an unfair discrimination that dates back more than fifty years , when the 1961 Rome Convention established rights for sound performers, expressly denying those of audiovisual artists.Lebrón indicated he referred to the significance of the treaty. “Our audiovisual performers may collect royalties corresponding to the retransmission of those works in which they participate, once they have been authorized to act, via a decree of incorporation of the Executive Power to the collective management entity that will be in charge of negotiation efforts with broadcasting companies, monitoring, collection and distribution. These steps must be carried out by the corresponding collective management entity, which would negotiate with the broadcasting platforms that are the ones that will pay said royalties.

He recalled that Adda SG is awaiting the decree of incorporation of the Executive Power. , “We expect a favorable opinion from the National Copyright Office (ONDA), an opinion that has been postponed for more than a year. We understand that we legitimately have the right to said incorporation by already representing more than 390 performers that include actors, dancers, directors, voiceovers, screenwriters and draftsmen (for the cases of cartoons). In addition, ADDA SG has the support and advice of Actors and Interpreters, Management Company of Spain, the largest in the world after that of the United States, as well as Latin Artis, the federation of management entities in Latin America and Spain. , Italy and Portugal.

Mario Lebrón said that they have already received letters of intent from the Latin Artis countries to sign reciprocity agreements once we are authorized to operate.

“We are celebrating the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty and request that we be authorized to join in order to start operations and negotiations with the different audiovisual broadcasting platforms.”

About the Beijing Treaty

The Beijing Treaty deals with the intellectual property rights of performers in audiovisual performances and achieves this, in particular, by reinforcing five types of exclusive economic rights to performances by those beneficiaries set in audiovisual format : the rights of reproduction, distribution, rental, making available, broadcasting and communication to the public.By acceding to the Treaty, its Contracting Parties agree to adopt, in accordance with their legal systems, the necessary measures to guarantee the application of the Treaty. In particular, each of the Contracting Parties shall ensure that in their legislation there are enforcement procedures that allow effective measures to be taken against acts of infringement of the rights provided for in the Treaty. Those measures should include agile remedies to prevent infringements, as well as deterrents.

Background

The Beijing Treaty modernizes and updates for the digital age the protection contemplated in the Rome Convention on the Protection of Performers, Phonogram Producers and Broadcasting Organizations (1961) and which is intended for actors , the singers, the musicians and the dancers who participate in audiovisual performances. These updated provisions for the digital age complement the provisions of the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), which updated the protection of non-audiovisual performers and producers of phonograms. .

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