WAP PUBLISHING TERMINATES MOFILM COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT
UK FILM COMPANY IN BREACH OF CONTRACT
OVER 200 POPULAR ONLINE AND BROADCAST COMMERCIALS AFFECTED INCLUDING: PEPSI, COCA COLA, CHEVROLET, BUD LIGHT,
CADILLAC, BEST BUY, AT&T, KODAK, MICROSOFT
WAP Publishing has terminated their agreement with the UK-based MoFilm as of March 2012, due to non-payment of the license fees. WAP worked with MoFilm and provided them with music for over 200 online and broadcast commercials. All of these commercials continue to exist via broadcast and digital media and are viewed globally. Almost all of these commercials are now unlicensed and their music synchronization licenses have expired or they have been revoked for non-payment.
WAP Publishing represents many individual composers like, Atlanta-based Mark Allan Wolfe. The problem grew wider when companies like: AT&T, Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Unilever refused to respond to any WAP correspondence notifying them of MoFilm’s lawful termination.
“We have contacted many of the 39 (primarily) US-based companies informing them months ago, how MoFilm has been terminated. We thought this proposed transference would be a simple matter. We assumed each company would handle it in an appropriate manner and respect the copyright of others, in the same way they so proudly and fiercely defend their own copyrights.
We explained how MoFilm was not paying WAP. In fact, as the licensor, all potential licenses should be contacting WAP directly. If all the brands would please contact us, WAP Publishing will gladly restructure an agreement on behalf of our songwriters/musicians”, Guy Ratcliffe/CEO WAP Publishing said.
Composer Mark Allan Wolfe said, “At first, I gave them the benefit of doubt until it amounted to be too much. If it weren’t for Guy Ratcliffe stepping in, I doubt I would have been paid anything. As payments diminished, became less frequent to then, none at all, it seemed clear, they were violating our agreement blatantly. Guy and I contacted our legal counsel Bienstock & Michael – Hackensack, NJ about the problem with MoFilm”. www.markallanwolfe.com
WAP worked with MoFilm for over two years, dating back to 2010.WAP has tried every known way to rectify this. It is with great regret that WAP has to make this an international public issue. WAP does not want to embarrass the 39 brands involved, but the indifference and non-responsive stance – encountered to date – has forced WAP to go public. For further details and to view some of the commercial videos referred to, please see our blog at www.wappublishing.com.
Here is the full list of the brands affected, totaling over 200 instances of internet and TV broadcast commercials:
AMERICAN RED CROSS MICROSOFT
AT&T MOUNTAIN DEW
BEST BUY NATARAJ PENCILS
BUD LIGHT NATURE VALLEY
CHEX MIX PEPSI
COCA COLA RENAISSANCE
COKE LIGHT SATPUDA FOUNDATION
COKE ZERO SEVEN BAR
FINDUS SOVEREIGHN BANK
HIDUSTAN TIMES SURF EXCEL
LEGO VITAMIN WATER
Visit Wap Publishing BLOG and watch several of the said TV commercials, web adverts, film competition submissions and more. It is of course not a FULL listing though but a big one at that.
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