LISBON — The revelation that 80 percent of cassette sales in Portugal are illegal was made here at a meeting of the recently-formed GPPFV, the local group of phonogram and videogram manufacturers.
The association stressed; "Cassette piracy means the theft of a piece of work from its legal owners and performers, as well as from record and cassette manufacturers. It also prejudices government interests because no taxes are paid."
GPPFV believes that new and strict laws will be approved soon to solve the piracy problem.'
Another subject raised at the meeting was the recognition of sound recording as an important way of spreading culture. In its manifesto, GPPFV says: "It doesn't make sense that written music has a different system of rating in cultural terms to that of recorded music," An inter-Governmental meeting on cultural policy in Helsinki last year recommended member countries to recognize recordings as cultural means and treat them as such.
GPPFV here has co-operated with the government and the Gulbenkian Foundation in planning concerts, exhibitions, new postage stamps and medals, the pop concerts in Lisbon and Oporto in support of celebrations of the centenary of the invention of recorded sound.
Music Week, 28/05/1977