ZAM urges political will in piracy fight
The Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has accused the
government of lacking political will in the fight against piracy.
Music albums launch at Hotel InterContinental on Saturday, ZAM president
Maiko Zulu challenged the government to do more to curb the vice in the
"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
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
And Kaemba expressed hope that the amendment bill which
went through Parliament in August would help fight piracy.
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.