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POP LEGENDS IN FEES FIGHT.

Byline: PAUL MARTIN

IRELAND's top music stars joined forces last night to ensure they get paid when their tunes are played on the radio and in clubs.

U2's The Edge, Ronan Keating, Mary Black and Paul Brady are to negotiate royalty fees for the public use of their music.

The Recording Artists and Performers organisation, RAAP, hope to revolutionise the laws governing musical property in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin, Paul Brady said it was time to protect Irish performers' rights.

He said: "It's been going on too long.

"The issue has never really been taken seriously before and that's why RAAP has been formed.

"It's about people throughout the music industry in Ireland being protected for the work they do."

A new copyright act that came into being this year has meant performers will now receive payments for the use of their songs in public.

Previously, musicians could not approach radio stations or clubs for payment.

Brady added: "It's been happening everywhere else, so it's great that we are finally moving forward on the issue in Ireland too."

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