Labels in Colombia are awaiting a decision from the country's National Office of Author's Rights that will determine how performance rights fees are collected from music video channels in that country

MIAMI--Labels in Colombia are awaiting a decision from the country's National Office of Author's Rights that will determine how performance rights fees are collected from music video channels in that country.

The pending decision is in response to a dispute between six multinationals that operate in Colombia and TV network Channel 13.

This month, the six labels-Sony, EMI, Universal, Warner, Sum, BMG and local label FM-decided to charge Channel 13 directly for performance rights to their music videos.

Previously, Colombia's Association of Phonographic Producers and Artists (Acinpro), a performance rights society, had collected, in the same way it collects where recorded music is concerned. Now, labels want TV channels like Channel 13 to pay them directly for performance rights.

Because there are no laws in Colombia governing music video rights, the labels and Channel 13 have said they will abide by the decision from the Office of Author's Rights. Until then, Channel 13 is not airing any of the label's videos.

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