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The SGAE comes out in a storm against the accusations of corruption: “It is flatly false”


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The members of the Board of Directors of the General Society of Authors (SGAE) have rejected this Friday the accusations of corruption made by Paul Salinas, also a member of the entity’s management body, at the Ordinary General Assembly held last Wednesday. Specifically, 32 of the 37 members of the Board of Directors have signed a statement in which they deny that “the positions of the Board of Directors have been appointed by hand by any person or that none of us have had to pay to obtain it.”

“It is completely false,” they point out in the text, released a few hours after this newspaper made public Salinas’s intervention in the Assembly, in which he denounced that he and other members of the College of Small Law had to pay 800 euros to the director institution of the entity to be elected in the elections.

«Iván García Pelayo, that has been the person who has been continuously calling all those eligible, to tell him: you get close to my sofa and there you will have the opportunity to go out: 800 euros is the price, and while the SGAE I charge another so much. That is a fact », he said, in a great stir.

There were those who intervened in the Assembly to deny that accusation of corruption, but the official response has arrived this Friday. “The undersigned, members of the current Board of Directors of the General Society of Authors and Publishers, strongly reject the statements made at the 2022 Ordinary General Assembly of the entity by Mr. Pablo Salinas, also a member of this Board of Directors. It is flatly false that the positions of the Board of Directors have been appointed by hand by any person or that none of us have had to pay to obtain it, “says the statement.

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«It is the partners, and only the partners, who choose with their votes their representatives in the management bodies of the entitythrough the elections that are carried out strictly following what our statutes mark, and that are carried out with all the legal and corporate guarantees, under the supervision of an independent Electoral Commission”, add the signatories, among whom are Antonio Onetti, president of the SGAE and four vice-presidents.

“Likewise, the members of the Colleges of Great Law, Audiovisual and Publishers, we want to express our greatest solidarity with the members of the College of Small Law who have publicly suffered an attack as unjust as unjustified by Mr. Salinas,” the statement continues. –. This Board of Directors has been working intensely for almost two years to defend the honorability of our entity and restore confidence in its operation, and we are not going to consent to this type of falsehood that only pursues the discredit of our entity for spurious interests.

As ABC advanced, these accusations of corruption made in the last Assembly coincide with a request sent on June 20 by the Ministry of Culture so that the SGAE sends, within a period of fifteen days, that it sends the information and the appropriate allegations referring to a complaint about an alleged falsification of votes in the General Assemblies that occurred since, at least, the one held on January 30, 2020 These facts were denounced by the Board of Directors before the competent body after the previous general secretary contributed it, a few months ago, to the SGAE’s management body.

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The list of signatories of the statement released today by the copyright management entity is as follows:

Antonio Onetti, president; Sabino Méndez Ramos, Vice President of the Little Law School; Fermín Cabal Riera, Vice President of the Great Law School; Carlos Navarro Ballesteros, vice-president of the Audiovisual School; Carlos Martínez Ortiz (M20, SL Ediciones Musicales), Vice President of the College of Publishers; David Santisteban Marcos, Counselor of the Little Law School; Ignacio de Loyola Mañó Guillén, counselor of the Little Law School; Javier Portugués Arribas, counselor of the Little Law School; Juan Fernández Gálvez, counselor of the Little Law School; Juan José Solana Gutiérrez, counselor of the Little Law School; Manuel Marvizón Carvallo, Counselor of the Little Law School; Mercedes Trujillo Callealta, counselor of the Little Law School; Pablo Cervantes Gutiérrez, counselor of the Little Law School; Virginia Maestro Díaz, Counselor of the Little Law School; Ana Fernández Graciani, Counselor of the Great Law School; Eduardo Galán Font, counselor of the Great Law School; María Pagés Madrigal, Counselor of the Great Law School; Mariano Marín Rioja, counselor of the Great Law School; Marta Torres Blanc, Counselor of the Great Law School; Antonio Hens Córdoba, advisor to the Audiovisual School; Antonio Meliveo Mena, Counselor of the Audiovisual School; David Planell, Serrano; Audiovisual College counselor; Juan Esteban Urkixo Beitia, advisor to the Audiovisual School; Rafael Galán Pérez, advisor to the Audiovisual School; Silvia Pérez de Pablos, advisor to the Audiovisual School; Silvia Quer Sabaté, advisor to the Audiovisual School; Cecilia León Rodrigo (Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo, SA), member of the Board of Publishers; Juan Ignacio Alonso Puig (SM Publishing Iberia, SRL), director of the College of Publishers; Rafael Aguilar Grabowski, (Southern Music Española, SL), director of the College of Publishers; Rafael Artero Montalván (Universal Music Publishing, SLU), adviser to the College of Publishers; Santiago Menéndez-Pidal (Warner Chappell Music Spain, SA), director of the Publishers Association; and Teresa Carbonell Heras (Konga Music, SL), director of the College of Publishers.

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