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Patience Namadingo

Musician Patience Namadingo has said he will fight a legal battle with Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) pointing out a number of flaws.

He wrote on his social media page that he was not a member of Cosoma.

The musician said he has registered two albums under the copyright body with three unregistered and yet Cosoma collects money at all these works.

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The ‘Msati Mseke’ star said later in an interview that he wants Cosoma to change and not leave in the past.

“We are in the 21st century digital age and, yet, Cosoma is still using analogue system. How do they track things in this way; they need to find other ways that are technologically good and not just have trust in recordings by DJs”, he said.

Namadingo said a lot of people were frustrated with the copyright body for its failure to adopt technological ways in tracking music.

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He also said that he wants to use a proper independent audit on Cosoma to find out how much music is worth.

“We need to find out how much we are contributing and how much my music is worth and I want to prove this, hence we need to audit Cosoma,” Namadingo said.

The move also comes barely a month after Cosoma distributed royalties from blank media levy which was topped by Atoht Manje in the music category, with over K2 million, while Namadingo made it in top 15 and received over K1 million.

Cosoma Executive Director Dora Makwinja said yesterday they were open to be audited but Namadingo needs to follow the right channels.

“Things must be done in the right way. We have invited Patience Namadingo to our meetings but he has never attended them; so, he is not up to date with information,” Makwinja said.

Cosoma Head of Documentation and Distribution Shadrick Kumtengo, responding to issues raised by Namadingo, said claims made that he was not a member were not true.

“He is a member of cosoma having filled all the forms. Becoming a member comes two-fold; after production of works, one can bring his works and become a member.

“It also comes when a song has been used by a member like broadcasting station then we contact the user and, as for Namadingo, he was called that there was his money and make the declaration and he did,” Kumtengo said.

On log sheets, Kumtengo said this has been there since 1990s and that this is an acceptable way but they have transitioned to cement it with technological ways.

“He should make an effort to see these sheets and media houses can attest to that; we also developed a software of tracking music and this is to complement the other system. He is not up to date with how things are being done; otherwise, our office is open to hear from him and if he wants to provide other methodologies”.

Kumtengo said as a primary enforcer, Namadingo can choose not to assign or withdraw membership.

“He is free to manage rights on his own and he just needs to write Cosoma but we will engage him,” he said.

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