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Cosoma warns pirates

FLASHBACK—Mukhondia (centre) during a meeting with soft copy operators in Blantyre

Confiscated computers

Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) on Thursday carried out a mini-operation in Lilongwe which saw the copyright body confiscating 70 computers and other gadgets from unlicenced copy shops and soft copy operators.

The copyright body has since warned pirates in the country that their honeymoon is over as Cosoma will take them head on.

Cosoma Licensing Manager Mutty Mukhondia has stressed the need for such raids.

“This is why we resorted to have police officers seconded to our offices in order to help us enforce copyright law. We are moving in the right direction,” Mukhondia said.

He put it clear that all seized equipment will not be returned to the owners until they pay and have a Cosoma licence in relation to the business.

“It is high time our members reaped from their sweat,” Mukhondia said.

He said the mini-operation was carried out in Area 36, 22 and 23 as well as Kaphiri, 6 Miles and Chilinde.

According to the Copyright Act 2016, offence of duplicating, reproducing, being found in possession, offering for sale and distribution of pirated materials attract a maximum penalty of K5 million and two years imprisonment with hard labour.

Artists, particularly musicians, have suffered greatly with piracy, which has seen them losing out on income despite investing more money in the studio to record their works.

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