War against piracy wages on

12 October 2012
Author   Faith Kavamba

ent Piracy  12 octTHE Chief Executive Officer of the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM), John Max, recently took the concept of community policing to a new level when he confiscated pirated CDs from street vendors in the capital.

Piracy refers to copying intellectual property without permission from the copyright holder, which is typically a publisher or other business representing or assigned by the work’s creator.
Max confiscated the CDs from street vendors at the Pick and Pay grocery store in Katutura on a Sunday afternoon.
The vendor was soliciting Max to buy the CDs when he realised that they were all pirated. He confiscated approximately 63 CDs ranging from local to international musicians.
Initially, when Max asked the vendor if he knew it was illegal to sell pirated CDs, the vendor agreed and apologised but an argument erupted when Max tried to confiscate the CDs.
Max called the police to the scene but they failed to arrest the vendor who ran away.
Piracy is not only theft of intellectual property but it robs the artists – producer or composer –of the income they would have made from their music.
Observers say piracy is a sign of disrespect for someone’s hard work because the culprits often benefit from it without having to sweat for the work.
Many artists, especially in Namibia, do not enjoy the fruits of their labour to the maximum because of piracy, mainly because pirated CDs are sold cheaper than the originals.
Piracy is a serious crime that has to be stopped and it takes a collective effort from everyone to do so, starting with ordinary members of the public refusing to buy pirated CDs and DVDs.
Max urged everyone to keep be on the lookout out for people selling pirated CDs and to report them to the police and then he warned the vendors that the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them and punish them should they continue with their activities. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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