On Friday June 13, IMRO issued a statement confirming that it had issued proceedings against POD Concerts Ltd. The proceedings were "in relation to a dispute in respect of the Electric Picnic music element". "IMRO will be in court on Monday 16th June, 2008 seeking entry into the Commercial List," the statement added, before clarifying the background to the organisation's decision to go to court. "It is IMRO's policy to rigorously pursue all outstanding royalties due to the songwriters, composers and music publishers that it represents from the commercial exploitation of their music."
Following the June 17th hearing, in which lawyers on behalf of IMRO made their opening statement, POD Concerts responded to media coverage of the dispute, setting out their version of events in robust terms – and directly answering what POD dismisses as totally misleading statements about Electric Picnic. The statement, issued on June 18 and signed by POD MD, John Reynolds, asserted the following:
"The Electric Picnic 2008 is not in doubt or in jeopardy contrary to press and media reports over the last number of days. POD Concerts is in dispute with IMRO over certain issues relating to the high fees charged by IMRO to it for 'public performance' of music which are in addition to the fees paid to the artists to perform. IMRO is seeking to charge POD Concerts for performances from non-music artists involved in the Electric Picnic."
The case may have to go to a full hearing in early July when it is due in the High Court again.
A JUDGE has warned POD Concerts there will be "serious consequences" if the company fails to honour all aspects of its agreement with the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) over royalty payments for live music events, writes Tim Healy.
Dec 16, 2008; Concert organiser ordered to pay up in royalties battle A JUDGE has warned POD Concerts there will be "serious consequences" if...