GHAMRO to hold workshop to battle piracy
Over the past year, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) in consultation with the Ghana Police Service have been discussing areas of cooperation, assistance and how to best streamline the enforcement of copyright law and the Society’s operations in the collection of copyright royalties nationwide.
This development has become necessary due the increased levels of piracy of musical works, unauthorised downloading of musical works by computers, pen drives, MP3 & other storage devices and non-compliance to the Copyright Law, acts which are in direct conflict with the Copyright Act, Act 690 and LI 1962.
Section 36 of the legislative Instrument L.I 1962, 2010, requires that any organization which intends to use any copyright work or causes any work to be used for any purpose shall apply to the appropriate organization, in the case of musical works, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO). These include uses of musical works on Radio &TV, Bars, Discotheques, Shops, Mall, Offices, and Restaurants etc.
The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service under the auspices of the Copyright Office is organising a one day seminar for members of the Police Service on Monday June 16, 2017 at the Mikilin Hotel in Kumasi. Service.
The seminar which will be chaired by the Copyright Administrator will have resource persons from the Copyright Office, Attorney General Office, Police Service, GHAMRO and the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana and it will cover areas on relative aspects of the Copyright Act, Act 690, LI 1962, Collective Management Administration, new piracy strategies, enforcement partnership and discuss royalty collection processes.
At the end of the seminar, GHAMRO and the Ghana Police will work out the operations of a task force that will be assisted to enforce the Copyright laws and assist the collection of royalties.
Please note that failure to obtain a license for the use of music in public is unlawful and punishable under the copyright laws of Ghana.