Sequence: 1. Late 1980's/ early '90's.Shay Hennessy is fired as head of
K-Tel Ireland. His
Music Ltd is struck off, despite his prominence as Fianna
Fail appointee to many
State boards over 30 years to
date. The Taxing master later pronounces a
judgement of 100,000 pounds
against him after his unsuccessful appeal
to the EAT.
2. Early 1990's : Oliver Sweeney sets up CBM Ltd. and later its publishing
Ltd. He signs
a multitude of artists to CBM Ltd., including Sean Keane, Cran,Barry Ronan,
Melanie O'Reilly. Melanie does not sign a publishing deal, and signs
CD recording, as Sweeney himself admits in writing.
3. Mid-1990's : Hennessy claims copyright on
compositions at MCPS London through the trader name Crashed Music.
The Gardai are later
sent a file of some of these spurious claims,
anonymously, though MCPS is
itself a possible source.
4. Dec. 1996: CBM Ltd is struck off just as a High Court case taken
against it by Sean Keane is
about to proceed.
CBM Ltd. trades openly after dissolution, until 1998 at
least. Files are sent
to Dept. of Ent. Trade & Employment
proving this. Paul Vickers, Harney's
secretary writes to
Melanie stating the precise documentation required for
a prosecution. When
this is supplied, Dete
phones to say that prosecution of CBM Ltd and record services can take
place. Other companies are
also implicated. No prosecutions have occurred 6 years later.
Other complaints were
lodged at that time concerning Dog and Ecellent Ltd.
5. Record Services Ltd. , struck off in 2000, continues
to trade openly,
even after losing
lawsuits and after complaints to DETE. Paul Mc Guinness is listed as one of
6. IMRO gets the unambiguous right to collect for broadcast music in bars
arts centres in
7. Hennessey becomes Chair of IMRO in 1997.
8. Musicians transferring
their works to IMRO from the British PRS in the
publishers like Dog Music Ltd
, Crashed Music Ltd. and Gael Linn Teoranta
9. Melanie O'Reilly finding
the same illegal transfer of her copyright,
goes through the MCPS/PRS
Alliance duplicate claims procedure, a procedure
accepted by IMRO.
10. Dog Music publishing Ltd. who claim Melanie's/Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill/David
works on Melanie's
album "Tir Na Mara", are written to: -C/O Crashed Music -their common
Neither reply and
copyright is returned to Melanie, Nuala, and David in 2001.
Dog Music publishing Ltd. Have already
Mysteriously, Hennessy's illegal claims are done t/a Crashed Music, versus
using his company Crashed
Ltd. However, only Crashed Ltd, which was
reinstated under the auspices of then Minister Bertie Ahern in
registered to trade as Crashed Music.
11. Matheson Ormbsby Prentice, acting on behalf of IMRO,
deny Hennessey has any
beneficial interest in Melanie's works other than the slight amount
associated with Dog Music Ltd.
This is untrue, as proven later in written correspondence from MCPS.
MCPS do not pay Melanie at any stage until threat of legal action in 2006.
12. 2003: MCPS in correspondence with
Melanie, mediated by the British
categorically state that contrary to MOPS repeated objections,
Crashed Music had
actually claimed Melanie's works. The 250,000 euros, or so , due to
for the illegal
licensing of her works as well as the 60,000 euros of legal fees and
considerable damages, are
therefore due to Melanie.
13. 2000: Melanie, along with other musicians, Maurice Lennon, and Donal
statements to the Gardai about copyright fraud involving Dog Music, Crashed
and Gael Linn. Melanie
finds her compositions and recordings on 8 compilations for which she has
not given permission.
indicate total units of at least one million.
14. Garda Mulvey is taken off the case, but Dail questions ensure
handover to Garda
Mooney. Mooney and Mulvey see preliminary evidence of massive fraud at IMRO,
with bogus song
titles being created, and attributed to musicians without their knowledge,
as well as the theft
15. 2001-2002: Mulvey and Mooney interview all parties concerned in Ireland
that all Melanie's, Donal's and Maurice's stories ring true. Mulvey himself
buys one of the
Cds in Ireland.
16. 1998: Hennessey signs a deal with Labhras O Murchu agreeing that IMRO
can issue a license
for Irish music. As much Irish music is not registered with IMRO, and much
else is public
domain, this is illegal.
While signing, O Murchu denies doing so in the Seanad (see
beyondthecommons.org). Around the same
is made a Peace commissioner
17. The Gardai submit a detailed 120 page file to the DPP who sits on it
almost 2 years. In
an article appears in the Sunday Independent saying that the DPP declines to
"sources close to the investigation". The Sunday Independent admits IMRO is
18. The Gardai, whose first knowledge of the DPP's decision is the Sunday
of it officially 2 weeks later. The DPP, acting outside his remit,
recommends civil action against
Hennessey and Sweeney.
However, more evidence has since arrived for the DPP's consideration.
Mistletoe Music LLC is reliably informed that Hennessey, back on
the board of IMRO
after a short absence, is working
with Gael-Linn, a former employer of
20. 2004-2005: The Arts Council of Ireland criticises
the IMRO -Murchu
deal. Una Bhean Murchu
resigns from the traditional committee chaired by Philip King,issues
minority report from that
committee, and a wholesale campaign contra the Arts Council begins. Una's
"Bru Boru" centre
has been the major beneficiary of the IMRO deal.
21.Summer 2006; Melanie O'Reilly
and Sean O Nuallain meet with Paul Appleby
for two hours, handing him numerous documents that got mislaid on their
passage from dete to him. Appleby promises High court action within two
22.November 2006; Mistletoe
music llc receives documents showing that
Hennessy's claim on Melanie's material antedated her legal claim. This is
in contradiction to what both MCPS and IMRO are contending, and MCPS is
reminded of this.
following a prolonged silence from Appleby, he confirms that
there is unlikely to be any prosecution after all.
24. Accounts finally arrive from MCPS, showing that, nearly 7 years after
the original complaint against them,
both Dog and Excellent are still
trading as limited companies. 11 years after being recorded, Melanie's
are still making 100 sterling or so a week.
25. June 2007; Melanie meets Minister Eamon Ryan, who agrees that her
constitutional rights have been violated, and undertakes to contact Appleby
26. August 2007; Appleby writes to
rescind his undertaking to proceed with High court action.
Feb 27 2008
1. Initial contract whereby the work of up to 50 Irish musicians was pirated is obtained
et al continue to refuse to act
There has still been no enforcement of any of the relevant
legislation. In the meantime, for similar reasons as for the failure of the Irish music industry, the Irish banking sector
Through his British solicitors,
Clinton, Hennessey sues the owner this site in an attempt to get the content removed. After consulting with our New york lawyer
dealing with the case, who points out that truth is the best defense against libel, the site is left as is with only the
letter from MCPS acknowledging the defeat of Hennessey's copyright claims added. Clintons are referred to our lawyer in Britain,
and discouraged from continuing the long-standing British tendency of interfering in Irish affairs. They are reminded that
they have no jurisdiction in Ireland, which like the USA, fought a successful revolutionary war against Britain
Melanie O'Reilly secures a settlement with
Valley, and secures a default judgement against St Clair.
defeat for the Irish music scam! Na buachailli baire ar lar!!