The Mikilin Hotel in Kumasi is the venue where the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) and the Ghana Police Service would be having their one day seminar, today, June 19, 2017. The seminar (in line with GHAMRO’s relentless effort to combat and minimize the music piracy canker in the country) is to educate the police on aspects of the Copyright Law of Ghana, and to sensitize them on the new tactics adopted by music pirates in the country.
It is a well-known fact that music pirates have recently adopted the use of laptop and desktop computers to download both local and foreign music on pen drives, MP3 and other storage devices and subsequently sell same to unsuspecting members of the general public; and this illegitimate act denies the right owners of the fitting income expected from the sale of their works through legal downloading sites that markets their works on the digital music platforms worldwide.
As it stands, any person or organization that uses music commercially in the form of downloading or generating any form of benefit from music digitally must apply to GHAMRO for a license in order to be legitimate. Failure to get a license contravenes Act 690 section 42 of the Copyright Law 2005 and is punishable under section 43 to a term of imprisonment of not more than 3 years or a fine or both.