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Ghanaian Highlife stalwart and Board Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Mr. Rex Owusu Marfo (Rex Omar) has made a passionate appeal to the media to partner his outfit to fight the menace of piracy.
Piracy, he said, has and continues to deprive music artists and music rights owners of the revenue from their musical works leading to some great and talented members of the creative industry living in abject poverty despite producing chart toping music songs.
Speaking at a days workshop for some selected Journalists on piracy in Accra, he said piracy, technology and social media platforms have also not helped musicians and music rights owners cause because over the years musicians and other stakeholders in the creative industry have not invested in systems that would regulate and monitor their revenue streams.
The ‘Abiba’ hit maker opined that GHAMRO would intensify the collection of royalties from both radio and television stations as well as night clubs, bars and other individuals including institutions who use music to promote their business for onward distribution to its members as this is the core mandate of GHAMRO. Mr Rex Omar warned that his outfit would soon drag television and radio stations to court for their inability to pay royalties to GHAMRO stressing that issues concerning logging of music by radio stations would be pursued vigorously.
He disclosed that his outfit would create GHAMRO-Media platform to among others educate the media on the operations of collective management organizations citing GHAMRO as an example, champion public education for corporate Ghana to understand what it means to pay for the use of music in all forms and implement equitable distribution to its members through title specific and the system of pay per play.
GHAMRO-Media platform, Rex Omar adds would also market GHAMRO as a corporate brand to its members and the rest of the world, institute a welfare system to alleviate the pain and suffering of its members and to appropriately support, resource and reward the media for its contribution to the growth and development of the music industry.
Mr. Abraham Adjatey, the Chief Officer of GHAMRO in his delivering said piracy in the digital environment has taken a new form in terms of downloading indicating that downloading music is criminal under the copy rights laws of Ghana.
Music according to him should be seen as a product and not entertainment saying a product that belongs to some body should be paid for. The media role in educating the public on piracy, he, said is critical in combating the menace of piracy.
The current executives of GHAMRO have been in office for three months and have constituted four committees made up of eminent members and other co-opt persons to assist them achieve their objectives for next four years. Some of the committees include welfare, communication, branding and public relations as well as business and finance.
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