Saturday, March 28, 2009

SAMRO denies reports of unpaid royalties

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 March 2009

The CEO of the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), Nicholas Motsatse said an arbitration process is underway between SAMRO and the executor of Brenda Fassie’s estate.

Motsatse briefed the media in Rosebank today, regarding a dispute involving royalties that have not been paid.

Copyright specialist Graeme Gilfillan, David Feldman, the executor appointed to recoup her income, and SAMRO have been in dispute since October 2006 regarding the late singer’s money.

Yavi Madurai, spokesperson for SAMRO, said the purpose of the briefing was to refute allegations made against them saying that they were withholding money belonging to Brenda Fassie.

“We have made payments to Brenda Fassie’s royalties account on all Brenda Fassie’s royalties while she was alive and after her death in terms of her estate.”

Madurai added that they would be making their books and records available to an independent auditor to establish and end result.

“We believe we have accounted to Brenda Fassie in terms of our rules throughout her lifetime as well as after her death to her estate.”

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