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Sergio Marone criticizes Record for not paying royalties for streaming soap operas

Sergio Marone criticizes Record for not paying royalties for streaming soap operas

The actor complains that the legislation is outdated, as it was created in the 1990s, before current technologies existed.

Actor Sergio Marone took to social media to support the update of Law 9.610/98, which regulates copyright in Brazil. According to the actor, he and other professionals receive nothing for streaming telenovelas, such as “Os Dez Mandamentos” (2015). He criticized the current legislation: “In Record streaming, by law, they don’t have to pay anything! Do you understand? The law needs to be updated.”

Discussion on copyright

The discussion intensified after Mateus Solano complained about Canal Viva’s lack of payment for the broadcast of the soap opera “Viver a Vida” (2009). Marone supported his colleague and said that it would be “fair” if artists were paid for all the images broadcast, including streaming. “All over the world, artists win every time an audiovisual work is re-released. The guys from ‘Friends’ still win today! They have become millionaires with the resounding success of the series around the world. Deserved, because they contributed talent, charisma and dedication, so that the series becomes the success that it is. Fair, fair? Copyright is not a favor,” he said.

The position of the record

In response to the complaints, Record reported that current legislation does not provide for the payment of royalties for television productions broadcast via streaming. According to the broadcaster, all debts are contracted in accordance with current contracts and there is no legal obligation for additional remuneration for exhibitions on digital platforms.

Need for legal review

Marone confirmed that Globo and Record pay correctly according to the law, but that the law dates back to 1998, before the creation of streaming. “Globo and Record, for example, pay everything correctly, in compliance with the law. But the law is obsolete and needs to be revised to ensure the remuneration of all the new technologies that have emerged and will emerge. It’s simple. Copyright,” he concluded.

Source: Terra

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