Ndirande police on Wednesday 17th February 2021 arrested four men found in possession of pirated copies of CDs without authorisation and offering for sale for business purposes.
It is part of attempts to foster human creativity and innovation by curbing behaviors of reproducing, duplicating and selling of other people’s artistic work without permission, which is in line with section 113 of the copyright society of Malawi (Cosoma) Act of 2016.
The four are Yohane Makawa 44, William Katunga, 40, Davie Martin Inki, 27 and Mike Zowa, 35.
They are in custody and have been formally charged with being found in possession of pirated copies and offering them for sale and will soon appear before court.
In a related development, Cosoma Inspectors in Lilongwe had a mini operation on Copyright Infringers which saw about 50 gadgets including CPUs and Monitors being seized.
The items were seized from 11 markets namely: Tambalale, tank and Gologota markets in area 23, as well as Nsabwe, Mitundu, Nathenje, Nayere, Nanjiri, Pondamali, Bunda and Chiseka.
According to the Licensing Manager, Mutty Mukhondiya, Copyright protection gives authors, artists and creators incentives in the form of recognition, and fair economic rewards increases their output.
It also motivates them to come up with more creations which will in turn help increase access to and enhance the enjoyment of culture, knowledge and entertainment all over the world, as well as stimulating economic and social development in the country.
As per Cosoma Act 2016, the offence attracts a maximum penalty of MK5 million kwacha or in default two years imprisonment with hard labour.