Buganda Kingdom Moves To Enforce Copyright Law

Buganda Kingdom Moves To Enforce Copyright Law

By Ivan Mwiine

The Katikkiro of Buganda kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga has revealed that kingdom officials are working out modalities of enforcing the copyright law, to ensure that all Baganda artistes benefit from their literary works.

Mayiga revealed this Wednesday shortly after a meeting he held with several top musicians and kingdom officials led by celebrated musician Mesach Ssemakula and Owek. Kyewalabye Male, the kingdom minister for culture and     

The Katikkiro revealed that the meeting was aimed to drumming a strategy for enforcing the copyright law to ensure that all musicians, songwriters, drama actors, poets, dancers and other categories of artistes have a right to enjoys loyalties from their works but that is not the case currently because of the loopholes in enforcing the copyright law.

He thus advised all artistes to register with the relevant authorities and the kingdom Ministry of Culture if the matter is to be streamlined and closely followed by the line minister to ensure that the artistes benefit from their sweat.

It should be noted that although Uganda has hundreds of talented artistes many of them don’t enjoy loyalties from their works like music, films, documentaries, poems, novels, etc because they are not well sensitized about how to demand for the loyalties.

The copyright law was made effective the parliament in 2019 as one of the ways of improving their earnings and nurturing more budding talent in the country.  

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