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UK FILM COMPANY IN BREACH OF CONTRACT August 20, 2012

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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 Almost all of these commercials are now unlicensed and their music synchronization licenses have expired or they have been revoked for non-payment.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:

ADOBE                                                             MAX

AMERICAN RED CROSS                              MICROSOFT

AT&T                                                               MOUNTAIN DEW

BEST BUY                                                       NATARAJ PENCILS

BUD LIGHT                                                     NATURE VALLEY

CADILLAC                                                      NOKIA

CHEVROLET                                                   NOVARTIS

CHEX MIX                                                       PEPSI

COCA COLA                                                    RENAISSANCE

COKE LIGHT                                                   SATPUDA FOUNDATION

COKE ZERO                                                     SEVEN BAR

FINDUS                                                             SOVEREIGHN BANK

HIDUSTAN TIMES                                          SURF EXCEL

KASBERSKY                                                   TEEB

KASPERSKY                                                    TROPICANA

KODAK                                                             UNILEVER

LAMISIL                                                           VASELINE

LEGO                                                                 VITAMIN WATER

LOGITECH                                                        VOLTAREN

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.

http://www.wappublishing.com/index.php/blog

As many of you who know me, I am a very mellow easy going person who loves people and hate confrontation but not afraid to go forwards when needed. After a long time of thought and trying to resolve something a certain way I feel the need to publish certain things we have been dealing with in hopes to fix things that are broken. I share this information with the hopes of building a bridge of communication and restoring relationships as well as getting paid for services rendered.

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