COSOMA confiscates over 100 unlicensed gadgets in KK

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Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) have confiscated over 100 computers and other gadgets used in committing the crimes in Nkhotakota.

This development comes as the Society continues to halt the growing behaviour of distributing and selling of other people's artistic works without permission.

COSOMA Inspectors had a 3-day operation targeting those selling other people's artistic works [music] without authorization.

The computers were seized from the following places; Mseche, Msambo (Lilongwe ) Mchezi in Dowa, Thavite in Salima and Benga, Nkhotakota Boma, Liwaladzi , Dwangwa, Nkhunga, Kanyenda and Ngala Trading Centre in Nkhotakota District.

Head of Licencing and Enforcement Officer responsible for Central Region, Thomas Chirambo has asked those interested in music selling and reproduction to get licenced with COSOMA, otherwise the long arm of the law will spare nobody.

"It's high time artists reaped from the sweat and fruits of their labour, having complained for so long that they are not protected and supported. Those whose gadgets were seized, they will only get them back after paying for the licence," Chirambo said.

The Copyright Act (2016) Section 113 (1) says any person who infringes any copyright commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to pay a fine of K5,000,000 and to imprisonment for two years.

Section 113 (2) posits that any person who ,without the authorization of the Minister imports ,sells ,offers or exposes for sale or distribution in Malawi any Copy, commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to a fine of K10,000,000 and to imprisonment for four years.