In a decisive legal move, the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) has once again asserted its authority in protecting the rights of musicians and composers. Today, at precisely 12 noon on Saturday, February 10th, the Honourable Madame Justice Jacqueline Josiah-Graham convened a session at the High Court in Roseau, Dominica. The purpose? An inter partes hearing to deliberate on ECCO’s application for injunctive relief against Neon Briggs and the Attorney General of Dominica.
Notably, neither of the respondents made an appearance at the hearing. Appearing for ECCO was Attorney-at-Law Ronald Charles, accompanied by ECCO’s agent and attorney, McCarthy Marie. With compelling arguments and unwavering determination, ECCO presented its case for injunctive relief.
After careful consideration, Justice Josiah-Graham ruled in favour of ECCO, granting the relief sought by the organization. The injunction prohibits the respondents, Neon Briggs and the Attorney General of Dominica, from performing or authorizing the performance of any musical works in ECCO’s repertoire at the event titled “Pinknic” at the Botanical Gardens, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, February 11th, 2024. This restriction stands unless they first obtain a license from ECCO.
ECCO’s action underscores its commitment to safeguarding the moral and pecuniary interests of its members and the members of copyright societies worldwide. By securing this injunction, ECCO sends a clear message to music users: the organization takes its responsibility to protect songwriters, composers, and music publishers seriously.
Furthermore, this recent legal triumph adds to ECCO’s track record of successfully defending the rights of musicians and composers. In 2013, ECCO pursued and obtained a similar injunctive order against Frankie Bellot, Krazy Coconuts and Island Communications, further solidifying its reputation as a formidable advocate for the protection of intellectual property rights within the Eastern Caribbean music landscape. This history of proactive legal action underscores ECCO’s unwavering commitment to upholding the integrity of musical works and ensuring fair compensation for creators and rights holders.