The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) has called for adequate compensation for music rights owners in the country.
The body tasked to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of right owners noted that proper reward is the sure way to boost the morale of intellectual right owners.
This call was contained in a statement issued by GHAMRO as the world celebrates World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26.
The music rights body believes that, per this year’s theme, which is “Using intellectual property to encourage innovation and creativity”, the right compensation will act as stimuli for various upcoming music right owners, to also replicate the creativity and innovation exhibited by their predecessors.
Read the full statement below:
The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is happy to inform its members, commercial music users and the general public that today, April 26, marks World Intellectual Property day.
This year’s world theme is centred on “using Intellectual Property to encourage innovation and creativity “.
As part of commemorating the day, GHAMRO wishes to acknowledge the efforts of all right owners for their innovation and creativity, especially music right owners, including Authors, Composers and Publishers as we celebrate today.
GHAMRO believes that to achieve this year’s theme “using intellectual property to encourage innovation and creativity”, the music right owner will need to be adequately compensated for the use of his previous musical works.
This will not only boost the morale of the right owner, but, act as stimuli for various upcoming music right owners, to also replicate the creativity and innovation exhibited by their predecessors.
Against this backdrop, GHAMRO wishes to encourage all commercial music users in Ghana, including the Tele Communication Networks, Banks, Event organizers, Broadcasting houses, Offices, Hotels, and Restaurants etc. to pay for music played during working hours. This will generate the needed income in the form of royalties for onward remittance to the right owner.
Notice is hereby given to all commercial music users that it is a punishable offence under the Copyright Law of Ghana (2005) and its accompanied Legislative Instrument (1962) to use music in public without the requisite license from GHAMRO.