The accreditation of collecting societies in the Philippines has begun. The Sound Recording Rights Society or Soundsright, has now been accredited as a collective management organization by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
Soundsright comprises a variety of record labels and are able to collect royalties for the commercial use of sound recordings on behalf of their copyright owners. The new Section No. 209 of the Intellectual Property Code sets out this right.
Soundsright president is Marivic Benedicto (from Star Recording/ABS-CBN Film Productions) and the chair Ramon Chuaying (from Universal Records/PolyEast Records). Other Soundsright officers include Rene Salta (GMA Records), Alvin de Vera (Alpha Music) and Tony Ocampo (of Viva/Vicor Music).