Nchanga MP urges musicians to secure their music

Nchanga Constituency Member of Parliament Honorable Chilombo Chali has advised musicians and artistes in general to secure their works to avoid losing out to piracy and other forms of intellectual theft. Making a contribution last Wednesday when Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) leadership appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs, Energy and Labour, to which he belongs, the Patriotic Front lawmaker said he had noticed that most musicians were not serious when it came to protecting their music from different forms of piracy. “Sometimes, you the musicians are to blame for the piracy. I have observed that most of the musicians are not serious in making their music safe. Most of them spread their music even before the final product is released. When the music goes out there, it is difficult to protect,” he said in contributing to a point on the high levels of piracy which was brought out as one of the main challenges musicians are facing in the industry. And UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who is also a member of the committee sympathized with the musicians on the ineffectiveness and poor enforcement of the Hologram which they said was not working as intended. Hon Nkombo regretted that musicians were not making as much money out of the Hologram because of the poor enforcement of the law and high piracy levels. However, committee chairperson Hon Dr Situmbeko Musokwatane urged ZAM not to relent in ensuring protection of their works. He said the nation was losing a lot of revenue in many sectors of the economy and it was important that ZAM had highlighted some for the challenges in the music sector which would be helpful in preparation and enactment of the Patents bill. Other committee members present included Hon David Chisupa plus members of the National Assembly secretariat. ZAM was represented by its president Njoya Tembo, publicity secretary Mwembe Chulu, committee members Able Chungu and Mr Daka as well as ZAM legal advisor.