3 face K5 million fine for piracy conviction

Piracy

The Mkukula First Grade Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has found guilty and convicted three men for being found in possession and offering for sale pirated copies of music CDs. 

The court, through State Prosecutor Ali of Lumbadzi Police, heard that on 4th February, Copyright Society of Malawi [COSOMA] Inspectors arrested five men.

They were charged for being found in possession and offering for sale pirated copies of CDs contravening section 113 of the COSOMA Act [2016] in City Centre, Lilongwe. 

The five were first brought before Court on 5th February where two pleaded not guilty and were released on court bail while three pleaded guilty and returned to the court on 8th February. 

Prosecutor Inspector Ali, advanced that there is a public outcry particularly from musicians in the country that they are not reaping from their sweat and labour, instead such people who sell pirated copies end up making a fortune.

The convicted three are Mika Chiwanda 38 of Alasala Village in Ntcheu, Richard Kapasule 34, of Mtokota Village, Traditional authority Mwambo in Zomba and Richard Juwawo 43 of Sekeni Village, Traditional Authority Lundu in Chikwawa. 

First Grade Magistrate Thomson Midiasi has since slated his sentence for 10th February, 2021.

All  three convicts have since been taken back to Lumbadzi Police station while those who pleaded not guilty will return in court on 22 March, 2021.

As per COSOMA Act [2016], the offence attracts a maximum penalty of 5 Million Kwacha or in default 2 years imprisonment with hard labour.