Just like recent consented efforts by Ghanaian media houses at educating its nationals and fighting the cause of illegal small scale mining also known as Galamsey, the Ghana Music Right Organization has announced plans to partner media outfits to help educate the citizens and combat piracy in the country.
In a special media workshop organized held at the Copyright Office in Accra, Ghana on Thursday 29 2017, the organization educated participants on its core mandate and how effective they (GHAMRO) can function with the support of the media.
Speaking at the workshop, Chief Executive of the board, Abraham Adjatey explained a lot of Ghanaians have perceived music as a free and readily available material hence not seeing the need to pay for them despite the huge cost in producing them.
“…many are unwilling to pay for music in any form; this easily tell how people perceive music. For most people, they don’t consider music to be worth a lot of money because it is readily available..”
He therefore prayed the media to educate music consumers to know piracy is a crime under the laws of Ghana since they were a great agent of change.
Board chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization, Mr. Rex Owusu Marfo also known as Rex Omar, also acknowledged the importance of the media as a tool for education, information and entertainment hence the board’s determination to liaise timely with the media on all GHAMRO issues henceforth.
GHAMRO is set to hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday July 27 2017 at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) was established under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005 and regulated under L.I. 1962 of 2010 to collect and distribute royalties accruing to authors and owners of copyright and neighbouring rights.
Like all other copyright societies, GHAMRO is a non-profit corporate body (limited by guarantee) and therefore all fees collected are distributed among the right owners whose works have been used, in this instance composers, authors and producers, publishers in proportion to the use made of their works.