The great rock 'n' roll swindle.Bono and his supergroup U2 aren't the only Irish rockin' America at the moment.
Music industry bosses have got their opposite numbers Officers (including foreign) having corresponding duty assignments within their respective Military Services or establishments. over the Atlantic reeling and rocking - with claims of a multi-million pound rip-off.
They say musicians here are losing out on nearly pounds 1million a year in royalties in the US.
And they're spearheading the fight for the lost royalties on behalf of the rest of Europe - which could reap thousands of artists a share in a pounds 20million pay day.
But the Americans have hit back saying the Irish are a nation of bootleggers - allowing the manufacture and distribution of illegal tapes and CDs.
Now it's all-out war. But Irish Music Rights Organisation boss Hugh Duffy
Duffy entered the National League with the Chicago White Stockings in 1888 and shortly thereafter earned the reputation of , the man at the centre of the row, is coming out fighting.
He claims Irish stars like U2, The Cranberries, Van Morrison, The Corrs, Sinead O'Connor and countless others are all out of pocket.
That's because bars, restaurants and shops in the States which play Irish music to their customers do not pay any royalties.
"The likes of The Cranberries and U2 would get a big share, but everybody would benefit in the long run," he said.
The broadcasting of an audio or audiovisual recording on the air over radio or television.
the broadcast performances of a record on radio spreads the cash around, with newcomers and the big names all benefiting because everybody gets played on the radio."
The organisation calculates that Irish acts are losing out on pounds 1million each year in unpaid American royalties - but that European musicians are losing out to the tune of a further pounds 19 million.
The European Commission European Commission, branch of the governing body of the European Union (EU) invested with executive and some legislative powers. Located in Brussels, Belgium, it was founded in 1967 when the three treaty organizations comprising what was then the European Community has now vowed to investigate the situation after a complaint from the Irish Collection Agency.
And with the backing of the Commission, IMRO IMRO Irish Music Rights Organisation
IMRO Investment Management Regulatory Organisation
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In Europe any bar, shop or restaurant that plays music to its customers is required by law to pay a licence fee.
That money is then distributed to artists and performers.
The law was tough to enforce, with many proprietors ignoring demands from collection societies.
But recently, shop and pub owners here have been taken to court to enforce payment of the licence fees. And Hugh Duffy says most proprietors now buy the licence with few arguments. Objectors have an injunction taken out against them.
He added: "Anywhere that broadcasts music needs a licence, from hair salons A hair salon (also called 'Hairdresser' and 'Hair Parlour')is a place where one goes to get their hair cut, as well as styled, highlighted or coloured.
There are many different types of hair salons that one can choose to go to. to corner shops."
But while IMRO seems to be sorting out matters at home, America is a tougher nut to crack.
And music bosses in the States have hit back by complaining to the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community about bootlegging bootlegging, in the United States, the illegal distribution or production of liquor and other highly taxed goods. First practiced when liquor taxes were high, bootlegging was instrumental in defeating early attempts to regulate the liquor business by taxation. in Ireland.
They counter that US artists are losing out on royalties here because the Irish authorities have not imposed strict penalties on bootleggers.
A well-organised bootlegging business is in operation here, with releases by top name acts being copied and sold on to fans at a knock-down price. These tapes and CDs are openly available on O'Connell Bridge O'Connell Bridge (Irish: Droichead Uí Chonaill) is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, and joining O'Connell Street to D'Olier Street, Westmoreland Street and the south quays. in Dublin and other well-known sites across the country.
A music industry source said: 'These guys are making a small fortune from selling bootlegs at markets around the country.
"The problem is that whenever anybody tries to prosecute them they are fined only a few hundred pounds by the courts and are back at their racket the next day."
But Hugh Duffy believes it is Irish rather than American artists
"The tourists are buying Irish music from these guys. The biggest losers are the likes of Christy Moore and Pete St John.
"The Americans keep making these sweeping statements that Ireland is full of bootleggers.
"Let them come over here and document their claims," he argued.