A band that has played Christmas music for more than 80 years in Brazil is facing a court challenge over copyright violations.
The band has said it is in talks with the Copyright Tribunal to negotiate the issue.
“We are negotiating with the Tribunal for a resolution of the issue, but we have not yet agreed with the outcome,” the band’s founder Paulo Ribeiro said.
According to a statement from the band, the Copyright Agency of the Brazilian Supreme Court has said that the band has not paid royalties on songs that they have performed in Brazil since 1992.
Copyright Tribunal President Rodrigo Jaua told the BBC that it had asked the band to pay for some of the songs that the agency had identified as copyright infringement.
However, he added that the Copyright Authority of the Supreme Court was unlikely to approve any solution that would involve an apology.
Ribeiro’s band has played in Brazil for more that 80 years, but it has been the subject of many controversies over the years.
In 1991, Brazil’s Congress passed a law that granted musicians and radio stations the right to “create and publish electronic works that conform to the rules of the international musical conventions and have not been registered as ‘invention’.” A few years later, the Supreme Supreme Court ruled that the law did not apply to the band.
But in 2003, a Supreme Court decision that gave the Copyright Office the right for a band to register as a “licensed musical work” in Brazil effectively opened the door for the bands to continue performing and remixing Christmas songs.
That decision was overturned in 2013 by the Supreme Judicial Tribunal.
The Copyright Tribunal has also faced criticism for failing to act when the band members accused of copyright infringement were identified by the media.
It said that it would continue to monitor copyright activity, but the Copyright Act does not require the Copyright Commission to intervene when a group of people accuses another of infringing copyright.