Velvet and Sonografica were able to be incorporated
in Miami because the original Venezuelan companies, registered in that same city
in the 80's, were not kept up to date and were inactive. Now these actions
suppose a fight to verify which is the true recording label and which is the
true owner of the catalogs.
Only Argenis Salazar
has responded to the complaints of the representatives of the record companies
and several singers, through emails. Salazar has reiterated that he owns the
contracts that prove the ownership of the disputed titles, but that he cannot
show them because they are confidential. When those affected insist, he promises
that his daughter Gabriela, a lawyer, will show them the documentation. The
first meeting has not yet taken place.
It is a response that
Bettsimar Diaz, the legal representatives of Velvet and Sonografica, and even the authors and
composers have received, who, without knowing the extent of this illegality, are
claiming their copyrights.
This is the case of
Pedro Castillo, remembered vocalist and composer of Aditus. In May of 2016, some friends
told him with excitement that they had listened to a compilation of Aditus’
themes in Spotify. The new record was very good, they said. Strangely, Castillo
asked them to see what it was and found an invented album, with a cover that did
not exist among the Aditus’ albums, and even misspelled names of songs. The
plate had been edited by Mundo Digital
happened to the singer-songwriter, Guillermo Carrasco. Some friends of his
downloaded an incomplete album from iTunes and with songs different from those
indicated. Once again, the copy belonged to Mundo Digital.
In the mails exchanged
with the artists or their representatives, Argenis Salazar usually places the
footer of the company Sono Ediciones de
Venezuela. It is a company allegedly registered in Madrid, Spain, which he
shares with Alvaro Veli. Luisa Flores, general manager of Sonografica, does not believe the name
selection to be a coincidence because they are trying to emulate that of "Sono Editora", the Sonografica unit that handles copyright.
"They made a mistake, they copied it wrong," she says.