The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service and under the auspices of the Copyright Office, on June 19, organised a day’s seminar for members of the Police Service at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi.
The seminar was chaired by the Copyright Administrator, Madam Yaa Attafuah. Resource persons for the 9.00am programme were from the Copyright Office, Attorney General’s Office, Police Service, GHAMRO and Parliament.
Relevant areas that were touched on at the seminar include aspects of the nation’s current copyright laws, Collective Management Administration, new piracy strategies, enforcement partnership and royalty collection processes.
GHAMRO has, over the past year, been in consultation with the Police Service on how best to enforce copyright laws and the way forward in the collection of royalties nationwide.
It is generally perceived that there is an increase in the levels of piracy of musical works and non-compliance with the copyright laws of the land. Failure to obtain a license for the use of music in public is unlawful and punishable under the copyright laws of Ghana.