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General News Sun, 10 Nov 2002

Police seize pirated cassettes

THE Ghana Police Service and the Copyright Office in a joint operation have seized assorted musical cassettes totalling 16,527 pieces of works of various Ghanaian artists which have been produced without the adhesive label, GUMUGRAM on them.

In a statement issued and signed by Mr Alfred Kumi-Atiemo of the Public Relations Unit of the Copyright Office, the operation which lasted two hours focused on the manufacturing and the duplication of musical works in the Accra metropolis.

It said the Police have since intensified investigations on the works involved and the culprits will be arraigned before the courts after investigations.

The statement further stated that the copyright office is doing all it can under the Copyright Law PNDC law 110 to ensure that all genuine stakeholders in the copyright sector carry out their activities peacefully.

It therefore called on the general public to support and assist the office with necessary information to help bring the culprits to book and make the exercise successful.

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In a related development, the statement said that members of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) held an emergency meeting to discuss issues that are inhibiting the smooth operation of the music industry.

The musicains were of the view that ? if care is not taken to check the rampant staged demonstrations by lawless people in the country, armed robbers may rise up in future to demonstrate against our national security like some pirates are doing in the society?.

This was as a result of a counter demonstration by 350 musicians and their regional representatives in response to an earlier one organised by Kantamanto Cassette Sellers Association against the Copyright Office.

The statement indicated that Executives of Musicians Union of Ghana at the end of the meeting, signed a memoranda requesting the Copyright Administrator of Ghana to use all powers conferred on it by the Office to arrest and prosecute all those involved in activities which render musicians poorer in the society.

The pledged its support for the Copyright Office in its campaign against pirates and their associates

Source: Graphic
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