Very Awkward Interview on Music Copyright & Piracy on KTN Africa Speaks

 

Along with KECOBO’s bad decision not to attend the interview, this blogger was left with several other questions after watching the above full length video clip.

1. Was there any mention or explanation of KECOBO’s role as regulator of collective management organisations (CMOs)? And how this role could impact both positively and negatively on the music industry?

2. Was there a clear distinction made between:
– the benefits of depositing one’s work at KECOBO for registration?
– the benefits of declaring one’s work at a CMO for purposes of membership (which may entail further entitlements such as royalties, centralised rights clearances and policing of rights)?

3. Was the issue of the internet as a double-edged sword (music distribution vs music piracy) addressed (as brilliantly brought out in the Salif Keita clip)?

4. Was there any mention of the role of KECOBO in fighting piracy through enforcement actions and prosecutions arising from the various offences created under the Copyright Act? And how this role could impact both positively and negatively on the music industry?

5. Is “having one CMO” (whatever that means) the only solution available to the current problem of unlawful competition and unethical practices among the three music CMOs?