Gary Granada says Court of Appeals junked GMA Network's libel case against him

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Gary Granada on libel case filed against him by GMA Network: "I just learned tha[t] the CA [Court of Appeals] also dismissed the appeal, but I would not be surprised if GMA elevates it to the SC for good measure. That means nothing to a multi-billion corporation but is quite an inconvenience to an ordinary musician like myself."


Inihayag ni Gary Granada na ibinasura ng Court of Appeals ang kasong libel na isinampa laban sa kanya ng GMA Network.

Kaugnay ito ng insidente noong 2009, kunsaan inakusahan ni Gary ang GMA Kapuso Foundation ng diumano'y infringement sa inareglong jingle "study" ng singer-songwriter para sa isang charity campaign.

READ: GMA Network and Gary Granada issue new statements about jingle controversy

Sa kanyang Facebook post ngayong Linggo, Agosto 28, 2016, sinabi ni Gary na posibleng iapela ng GMA Network ang kaso sa Supreme Court.

Pahayag ni Gary, “Years ago I was sued for libel by GMA Network for pointing out that their people took advantage of a study we have submitted by rejecting it but employing our ideas.

“The RTC dismissed it, but they were not content and escalated the case.

“I just learned tha[t] the CA also dismissed the appeal, but I would not be surprised if GMA elevates it to the SC for good measure.

“That means nothing to a multi-billion corporation but is quite an inconvenience to an ordinary musician like myself.”

Bunsod daw nito at ng iba pang ginastos niya sa kaso, nagdesisyon ang singer-songwriter na ipa-auction ang kanyang gitara simula sa halagang P25,000.

Aniya, “I am fortunate to have a competent and diligent law firm that does it on friendly terms,” saad ni Gary.

“Still there are expenses and I need to face some mundane financial obligations over some petty copyright case.”

Dugtong pa ni Gary, “Hence the need to part with a part of my soul.”

LESSONS LEARNED. Sa parehong Facebook post ay ibinahagi rin ni Gary ang aral na natutunan niya mula sa pinagdaanang legal battle niya at ng GMA.

Lahad niya, “FILSCAP [Filipino Society of Singers, Composers, Authors, and Publishers], my former society, would not defend me in court much less hale a prominent member to court for infringement.

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“I don't blame them, that's the nature of humans, so I eventually politely resigned to keep the peace.”

Sa kabila ng pinagdaanang pagsubok, hindi raw pinagsisihan ni Gary ang kanyang paghayag ng reklamo laban sa GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Patuloy niya, "Interestingly, I raised hell to help promote the rights of composers, but ironically even my musician friends didn't openly take my side on the matter.

"Some even criticized me for speaking out.

"Apparently I made a mistake. I have since changed my views and now advise that it would be infinitely better for composers to not complain when such things happen.

"Still I console myself with telling myself, Oh well, they're not huge but at least I have anarchist balls."

Sa huli ay may parinig si Gary sa GMA Network at sa dating kinabibilingang organisasyon na Filipino Society of Singers, Composers, Authors, and Publishers o FILSCAP.

Sabi pa niya, "In fairness FILSCAP suspended GMA for sometime but could not manage to arrange a settlement.

"Now that I am resigned, I think they now have a happier relationship. That's perfectly understandable. When you're over 50, nothing surprises you anymore about humans."

Sa pamamagitan ng pag-iwan ng mensahe sa Facebook, sinubukan ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na tanungin si Gary kung kailan niya nalaman ang desisyon ng Court of Appeals hinggil sa kinaharap niyang libel case.
Sa ngayon ay hindi pa sumasagot ang singer-songwriter.
Bukas ang PEP sa anumang pahayag na nais ipahayag ni Gary at ng GMA Network hinggil dito.


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