18 Feb 2015 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Society for Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) has urged its members as well as the public to renew their copyright licences so as not to face prosecution.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NASCAM, John Max told Nampa that they had an operation last week, whereby they inspected businesses in targeted areas such as Katutura, Khomasdal and the central business district (CBD) to verify licences, and to remind owners of renewal.
These areas are where the illegal practice is usually prevalent.
He said inspection was conducted as per Copyright and Neighbouring Act no. 06 of 1994.
This Act stipulates that a person is not allowed to play music in public places or for the commercial purpose of entertainment without the authorization of the copyright owners.
Max said no copyright licence was renewed between December last year and now, which is why the recent inspection was conducted.
As a regulatory body, NASCAM is mandated to administer the copyright of works, and to issue copyright music licences.
The inspectors encountered various challenges, such as insults and violent behaviour from members of the public who did not want to comply with the orders to provide their licenses.
Prominent politicians who own businesses in the Hakahana and Havana areas also insulted NASCAM inspectors as they refused to adhere to the regulations, Max charged.
NASCAM will react to the insults, but for now, we will send out a strong warning that if anyone does not want to comply with the Act, the Namibian Police will be requested to arrest the offenders, he stated.
Meanwhile, NASCAM urged those business owners operating jukeboxes to pay the N.dollars 400 copyright licence fee which is supposed to be paid yearly.
The copyright license renewal fee can either be paid at the NASCAM office in Windhoek or at the NASCAM branch in Oshakati in the Oshana region, or through the bank.