REGISTRAR of Copyrights in Zambia has warned that it’s an offence for anyone reproduce, distribute and communicate to the public or do nay act that prejudices both the moral and economic interest of the owner.
Responding to a formal complaint by 5 artist over an infringement of their intellectual and property rights over the Dununa Reverse Song, Acting Registrar of Copyrights, Grace Kasungami, stated that the artists could even claim damages over the song.
She stated that the Copyright and Performance Rights Act No 44 of 1994, protects the artist to be the sole reproducer, distributors and performer of their works.
Jordan Katembula(JK), Wilson Lungu (Wille), Happy Kayombo Machai (Kayombo), Felix Phiri (Felix), and Martin Kapesha (Shenke) complained to the Copyright authority that their song (Dununa Reverse) was being stolen in part or whole and their right to Copyrights and intellectual property was breached by the action.
Some known artists have stolen the Dununa song, rhythm and words and twisted words into new songs.
This complaint to the copyright body has halted attempts to have the unauthorised copies or versions from being played on any media.
The artist have a right to pursue the matter further to claim damages.