ZAM bemoans high piracy levels

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Michael Zulu at the funeral
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Zambia Associations of Musicians Former President Michael Zulu has called on government to device strong measures that will help curb piracy in the country.

Michael Zulu said music is an expensive art, stating that it requires a lot of creativity for it to be pursued.

He told ZANIS today that some people are duplicating and selling songs at a very low price, a thing he described as a draw back to the prosperity of the industry.

“It is not fair for people to sell a song at three kwacha when, the composer put in a lot of money to have it produced. People don’t understand the value of music and what it does to the economic life of people involved,” stated Mr. Zulu.

He however, urged the Ant-piracy wing of the Zambia Police Service and other Agencies who help fight piracy to enforce the law in order to combat the scourge.

Mr. Zulu who is also a musician stated that it is high time musicians began to educate the society on the importance of music to the community.

Meanwhile, Mr. Zulu has further urged government to put in long lasting measures that will help end piracy in the country.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Pirated films and music is everywhere. There are laws that the police must enforce. Is this also president Edgar Lungu job?

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    • It is all on youtube any music you will find it free of charge, are you going to complain to ECL that youtube is showing your videos for free? Musicians in West Africa, Jamaica, Tanzania don’t even depend on their sales but make money when the do shows. Your friends have used piracy (e.g. youtube) as an advantage by making themselves known and when they do a show, many people attend. You friends are making millions of dollars per show. For example diamond platinumz in TZ and others are making it world wide. TZ is number one piracy capital yet these boys are doing great with their music. They add to youtube and make money from advertisements. Up your games, by singing differently and you will be know around africa and world. With advancement in technology people can download songs from…

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    • With advancement in technology people can download songs from CDs and internet. Fighting piracy is wasting resources because you can not completely eradicate it.

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    • Juliet Perth don’t talk about what you don’t know. You tube is not a pirate site. Royalties are paid you just need to know how its done. Thats why it carries adverts. You need to know their business model

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    • Plenty of artistes have complained about Youtube playing them for free and they were compensated and their music withdrawn from youtube. Dont show your ignorance here

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  2. What happened to the hologram? So much money was spent on that project. Why are you always crying to govt? Can’t you devise your own strategy to protect your works? Some musicians pirate their own music, it isn’t uncommon to see an artist in tatters trying to entice you to buy some CD at cigarette price. Engage agents and producers to do the job for you and you won’t regret, but as long as you think you can do everything on your own piracy will always thrive

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  3. It’s not only in Zambia. Universally, all artists are affected by piracy and illegal broadcasting and there is little that governments do stop it but they can stiffen the punishment for perpetrators.

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  4. Piracy hasn’t affected the US, UK, Germany France Europe the way it has affected Africa.This is because the developed States have developed security for this and other industries. Piracy of any kind is fought by well equipped incorruptible security wings.
    In Africa it is killing off an entertainment industry that is just trying to establish itself. The music, film industries in Zambia need the protection of the state. These industry’s can take plenty of the unemployed off the streets. Government needs to appreciate this. In the same way they have protected Zambia’s mining industry the government must protect the entertainment industry

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  5. Michael Zulu could have easily played Bob Marley if they where to do a Bob Marley biopic. The resemblance is striking especially the younger Bob Marley,early 70s’. Actually even Sister D could play Rita Marley, bapalana!

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  6. Ba Lt are you sure this is ZAM speaking? Headline says ZAM bemoans high piracy levels but story says former ZAM President Michael Zuilu. Can a former president speak on behalf of ZAM?

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  7. Irony is complaining about piracy when put on counterfeit clothes, shoes, jewellery and buy counterfeit auto spares.

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    • Yes Piracy involves plenty of intellectual property thats why it needs to be tackled comprehensively. If I discover a way of losing weight which noone has and I patent it and then I demonstrate this on a video which gets pirated I am a victim even though I havent sung any song. Get it?

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