Prosecuting copyright thieves will benefit musicians – Bessa Simons

Prosecuting copyright thieves will benefit musicians – Bessa Simons
Bessa Simons

The acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bessa Simons, says music copyright infringers should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others. This, he explained, will go a long way to protect the value of creatives in the industry.

“Copyright infringers should go through the law. This will help to protect the works of musicians and they will benefit from their works.”

Bessa Simons explained the tenents of music theft on Simply Showbiz with Akorfa on TV3. The industry veteran stated that it is disheartening for musicians to go through the hassle of creating their music whiles others benefit from their sweat.
He insisted that those who illegally compile music and sell it to the public without benefitting the original creators should be arrested and dealt with.

“Doing music entails a lot. It is sad how musicians put their songs out there and people get to make money out of the songs by doing their own versions. And sometimes making compilations and selling it to the public.”

According to Mr Simons, copyright issues were discussed between the Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare and creatives in the industry. He said this was to liaise with the Police to know the problems in the industry and reason ways to solve them.

Mr Simons further revealed that the IGP and his team assured creatives of putting practical measures in place to prosecute perpetrators of copyright infringement.
The veteran musician, who doubles as a celebrated producer, stated that they also addressed the mode of information dissemination by bloggers to the public.

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“The Police also addressed the mode to which bloggers put the news out there. They made us understand that putting news about somebody or something out there which isn’t true is criminal. They assured that they will also take steps in solving the problem,” he said.

Bessa Simons commended the IGP and his team for bringing up such an initiative. Adding that, this would help address countless issues in the creative industry. And as well foster a smooth relationship between the Police and creatives.

By Benedicta Naa Lamiorkor Lawson||Ghana