The lawyer for musician Ahmad Dhani, Aldwin Rahadian, welcomed Once Mekel’s statement saying that he was open to sitting together and discussing the polemic over the ban on using Dewa 19 songs.
“I just heard the statement and if Once is ready to sit together, that means it’s extraordinary. We welcome the discussion and that’s how it should be,” said Aldwin at Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Friday (31/3).
Previously, during a press conference on Friday (31/3) afternoon, singer Once Mekel made a statement that he was open and ready to be invited to sit down with Ahmad Dhani to discuss the issue of permissions and royalties for using Dewa 19 songs.
According to Aldwin, this problem might not have dragged on if Once Mekel had been willing to respond to his client’s statement for a long time. So far, Ahmad Dhani, said Aldwin, tends to be flexible and egalitarian because several musicians are still allowed to perform Dewa 19 songs.
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“In my opinion, if communication is built, these things are discussed, and appeals are responded to properly, then I think this problem is over,” he explained.
Previously, said Aldwin, his client had warned Once Mekel — albeit in a joking tone, to ask for permission and pay royalties regarding the use of Dewa 19 songs in the commercial realm.
“Plus maybe Mas Dhani got a little annoyed because it was not clarified or responded to properly, even Once personally said that there was no legal problem,” he explained.
Ahmad Dhani then emphasized the ban on Once Mekel from performing Dewa 19 songs, the majority of which were composed by him and Andra Ramadhan, during the band’s tour this year.
Aldwin further revealed that Ahmad Dhani’s ban was not without reason because it still refers to the applicable laws and regulations.
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He said that Once’s party adheres to Government Regulation (PP) Number 56 of 2021 regarding the ratification of tariffs for users and commercial use related to music and/or songs.
But this rule, explained Aldwin, has a lower degree than the Copyright Law (UU) which is the reference for Ahmad Dhani’s legal team. Moreover, Article 23 in the PP, said Aldwin, is considered no longer valid.
“We continue to refer to Article 9 of the Copyright Law because now Article 23 regarding determining the amount of royalties has not been valid since 2017. The use of economic rights in performances remains subject to Article 9 paragraph (2) of the Copyright Law, namely with the permission of the Copyright holder, ” he explained.
However, Aldwin underlined that this polemic was purely a matter of work and had nothing to do with personal problems between Ahmad Dhani and Once.
“Regarding the intensity of communication so far built or not, they certainly know better. But what is clear is that the quality of their friendship is maintained,” he said.