TheCopyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) has warned against the reproduction of copyright works without proper licenses saying anyone caught will be persecuted.
COSOMA’s warning comes against the sudden proliferation of reproduced copyright works without required licenses across the country.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Monday, Senior Licensing Officer for (COSOMA) Rosario Kamanga said it is illegal for Malawians to carry out reproduction of copyright works without a license.
“For someone to carry out reproduction of Copyright works, it requires them to have a license that can enable them conduct the work legally.” said Kamanga.
Kamanga further said in order to curb the malpractice, there are patrols in different burning centers to see if they have required licenses that allow them to conduct their work without infringing the copyright law.
“Those that do it without a license infringe copyright laws and when caught, their equipment is seized and they are persecuted,” he explained.
However, recently, the country has seen a boom in makeshift ‘burning centers’ across the country which sale audio and video content at giveaway prices without having proper licenses to do so.
The practice has greatly affected the music industry in the country forcing many musicians to stop producing any new material in fear of the high levels of piracy that sees Malawians not buying their original copies but the counterfeits that go at cheaper prices.
COSOMA was established in 1992 under section 41 of the Malawi Copy right Act of 1989. Its main function is to protect and promote interest of authors, performers, translators, producers of sound recordings, broadcasters and publishers so that other people should not have the right to copy their work without required license.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA