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 2010-11-29 04:25 pm Back to NEWS
ZAM urges political will in piracy fight
ZAM president Maiko Zulu

The Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has accused the government of lacking political will in the fight against piracy.

During the Doxa Music albums launch at Hotel InterContinental on Saturday, ZAM president Maiko Zulu challenged the government to do more to curb the vice in the country.

"I think there's very little political will in as far as fighting piracy is concerned, because today if we say fuel will only be sold at the filling station, let it be so because somebody has appended a signature to that. So why can't somebody ... say music should only be sold in music dealer shops?"

Zulu described piracy as a cancer that was choking the local music industry and a major constraint on the livelihoods of Zambian artistes. He urged government to act on unregistered music outlets, saying these were responsible for destroying the culture of quality control.

"If you can remove street sellers from the streets, why can't you remove those CD vendors? It's very simple, unless you want artistes to take the law into their own hands. We are law-abiding citizens, and we know that the authorities are there to protect us. And we are saying they are not doing their duty," Zulu said.

He called on President Rupiah Banda and law enforcement agencies to act against piracy.

"If my dear President RB—I love him so much—uttered these words that 'piracy is a crime, both for the pirate and the one who is buying pirated products, and let it be law,' then the officers are going to go to work," he said.

And Zambia Copyright Protection Society general manager Mutale Kaemba expressed hope that the Copyright Act that was recently tabled in Parliament would aid in the fight against piracy.

And Kaemba expressed hope that the amendment bill which went through Parliament in August would help fight piracy.

She urged music promoters and stakeholders to emulate companies like Doxa by adhering to the copyright Act.

"It is through such support by all stakeholders that the administration of copyright and fight against piracy in Zambia has been made more progressive," said Kaemba.

Doxa Music, a Christian music label, released five new CDs and two DVDs by various artistes at the launch.



 
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