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Daredevilz bemoans piracy

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Musical group Daredevilz has bemoaned rampant piracy in the country, which has seen their latest collection Daredevilz for Life being heavily pirated.

A member of the group, GD, said Daredevilz feels betrayed by some of the first buyers who received the album and shared with friends.

“We invest so much time and resources to come up with projects, only to see some people showing no respect for our efforts and all they do is share projects. It is heartbreaking,” GD said.

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Quizzed on what needs to be done to curb the malpractice, GD, real name Graviton Pasanje, said:

“That’s a very difficult question because it’s a moral issue as much as it can be technical. The digital age has made piracy so easy. So, apart from finding other revenue streams to supplement sales, I guess we just have to hope that someone will come up with anti-piracy technology that will protect our art in this digital era”.

He however said they were encouraged on sales, saying the album has been warmly received.

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Echoing GD’s remarks, arts and entertainment journalist Harold Kapindu accused fans of playing double standards.

“It’s funny how people pretend to be loyal fans, buying the album and sharing with friends for free and it is not just from person to person, people went as far as contributing K50 on WhatsApp groups to buy the album and share it,” Kapindu said.

He further dismissed arguments that the K5000 price was on the higher side.

“Firstly, know your value and how much your product is worth. Secondly, consider the time and resources invested. In fact, a Daredevilz album is worth more than K5000. You should be thankful,” Kapindu said.

The group, which has collaborated with a number of artists in the country, released their new album on August 28 2020.

The album is currently selling via mobile money through Airtel Money and TNM Mpamba.

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