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Entertainment of Monday, 18 May 2015

Source: Daily Guide

GHAMRO outlines vision

The newly-elected board of the Ghana Music Right Organisation (GHAMRO), led by Kojo Antwi, has announced plans to open five new offices in Ho, Tamale, Cape Coast and two others to help establish strong presence in the regions.

The 13-member body deals basically with copyright issues and presently operates offices in Accra and Kumasi. The board’s decision was communicated at a meeting held with musicians and other stakeholders in Kumasi.

Kojo Antwi expressed deep worry about the high number of industry players who lack deep understanding of matters relating to copyrights, and mentioned that a lot of education and sensitisation would have to be carried out to change this.

“It is necessary to aid people to do the right things to significantly rein in piracy,” he added.

The board chairman spoke of their determination to push for the setting up of a tribunal by the Attorney-General and the Justice Ministry to prosecute copyright infractions.

Rex Owusu Marfo (Rex Omar), Chairman of the Advisory Committee, said the administrative system of the organisation had been restructured to allow for efficient management, proper checks and balances. The right calibre of people, he said, had been recruited and given the free hand to run affairs.