Music Downloading Platforms Are illegal

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Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Kojo Antwi, has said that GHAMRO will soon phase out all companies in the business of music digital downloads in the country.

Kojo Antwi was reacting to concerns made by music right owners in the country at a one-day seminar for music right owners and users in and around the Ashanti Region attended by over 300 right owners held in Kumasi last Tuesday.

The GHAMRO board chairman intimated that his outfit will soon implement the digital business platform of music downloads to enable GHAMRO to control and monitor revenues generated by the downloads so as to be accountable to the music right owners.

According to him, currently, the situation in practice where agents are licensed by telecommunication networks is not only inappropriate but illegal, since GHAMRO is the only organisation mandated under the copyright law to license anybody or organisation to use music commercially.

Kojo Antwi pointed out that telecommunication networks and their respective agents who source for the music content and act as middlemen take majority of the money, leaving only a meagre amount for the right owners.

He added that if GHAMRO owns the music downloading platform, any person who wants to do business of music downloads would have to come to GHAMRO and finalise the deal.

On his part, Chief Operations Officer of GHAMRO, Abraham Adjetey, disclosed that 27 music downloading platforms have been identified so far, but in the mean time, GHAMRO would license those platforms till modalities for the GHAMRO-owned music downloading business platform is ready.

Jonathan Cudjoe, director in- charge of Licensing and Legal Affairs at GHAMRO office, disclosed that a proposed constitutional amendment that would align GHAMRO with other international collective management organisations worldwide was in the pipeline.

He, however, said the proposed constitutional amendment would be put before the right owners for adoption during the annual general meeting in April this year.