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copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) Monday warned pirates and those who do not respect copyright laws that their honeymoon is over.

For a long time, creatives in the country have hit at the copyright body for failing to fight pirates.

But Cosoma Senior Licensing Officer Tikhale Chikanda, said they have stepped up sensitisation meetings to alert people of copyright laws and that those who will be found violating it, will be dealt with accordingly.

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Chikanda said this Monday at Grace Bandawe Conference Centre in Blantyre during a sensitisation meeting on copyright and related rights with softcopy operators.

“Talent is expensive and it is high time the country started respecting. As a country we also need to respect copyright. Artists put a lot of effort into their work and deserve to benefit from their sweat. We know there are people out there who have computers and all they do is share songs and other materials without benefiting the owners,” Chikanda said.

He said as Cosoma, they will not relent but fight everyone who is breaking copyright laws.

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On their meeting with softcopy operators (those who have burning centres), Chikanda, said it was key in that these operators need to have licences.

“There are so many burning centres across the country and all we want is to encourage those who burn music and put it in flash disks and memory cards to get licences. CDs are phasing out at the moment and many people want soft copies and so, for them getting licences, it means being protected but also making sure that artists benefit,” he said.

He said committees were formed in places such as Bangwe, Bvumbwe, Ndirande and Limbe Central.

One of the softcopy operators from Ndirande, Yohane Mitundu, said the meeting has given them an insight on how copyright laws work and that they were ready to work hand in hand with Cosoma.

The meeting was facilitated by Senior Licensing Officer Mutty Mukhondia.

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