The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services has called on law enforcement agencies to intensify the fight against piracy in Zambia.
Minister of Information Chishimba Kambwili said law enforcers should strengthen the fight against piracy especially in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces where the scourge has proved to be rife.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Forrie Tembo during the Zambia Music Copyright Protection Society (ZAMCOPS) 15th Annual General Meeting in Lusaka today.
He also advised musicians to produce a lot of music to meet the high content demand that will arise as Zambia migrates from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
Mr. Kambwili added that musicians and other artists must take advantage of the digital migration and produce quality works which can sell to broadcasting houses.
The Minister has since acknowledged the importance which ZAMCOPS attaches to the role of promoting and protecting the music industry.
And ZAMCOPS Board Chairperson Edify Hamukale said the law enforcement on music piracy was not adequate to completely eradicate the vice.
Dr. Hamukale said this state of affairs was ZAMCOPS’ main frustration because its members and government were being robbed of significant income through piracy.
He has since requested government to consider introducing blank tape levy to control piracy through flash discs, DVDs and other recording devices.
He has meanwhile thanked ZAMCOPS members, government and other stakeholders for the continued support to its growth and to the development of the music industry in Zambia.
Dr. Hamukale said the music industry has potential to help reduce poverty and unemployment in the country and should thus be supported by all well-meaning Zambians.