By Edwin G. Wandah
Several Liberian musicians and petty business persons might likely drop out of business if nothing is done to put an immediate stop to piracy in the country.
According to them, they are losing thousands of dollars on a daily basis due to the illegal infiltration of aliens into the business market who are involved in the illegal duplication of the Liberian music; something which they think is bad and can take them out of business.
Although, Government’s regulation on copyright issues and piracy in the country remains in full swing, but a group of Liberian musicians in the country have complained that if Government does not take urgent steps to arrest the situation, then there is the likelihood of the Liberian Musical Business becoming doomed.
When the INQUIRER caught up with some of the Liberian Gospel Musical Artists recently in Monrovia, several of them complained that few years ago, the Liberian music was gaining momentum, especially with the sale of cassettes.
“In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, our music sold a lot. Many persons bought our songs and they always came to support us whenever we were launching our songs on the Open Air Sports Commission, but today, those guys have criminalized the market,” Korpoe Pewee stated.
“For me, I fully blame those guys on the streets and in the World Trade Center who are selling our songs to anyone for little or nothing. Imagine an artist spending over USD100, 00 to USD150, 00 for one song and producing about six to seven songs in a studio but only to find his entire album being sold outside for LD15, 00 for his song; what a painful disgrace,” Aaron Flomo averred.
Recently, the Officer in Charge of the Copyright Office in Monrovia, Ernest C. B. Bruce received some consignments of items of laptops, printers, and photocopiers promised to initiate measures that will help fight piracy in the country.
According to him, although the issue of piracy is a serious one, they are working with relevant authority to see how best they can fight copyright activities in the country.