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Police Assure Copyright Watch

The Fiji Police Force has assured the local music industry that it is serious about intellectual property issues and will be vigilant on copyright breaches. The assurance has come from
15 May 2015 07:47
Police Assure Copyright Watch

The Fiji Police Force has assured the local music industry that it is serious about intellectual property issues and will be vigilant on copyright breaches.

The assurance has come from Police Chief of Operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu.

It comes in the wake of issues raised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA), which is pleading with the public to acknowledge the work of local artists.

The FPRA wants Police to do their job and look out for those who might be breaking the copyright law.

FPRA director Seru Serevi said the music industry’s major struggle was that local artists worked hard to produce their music while people copied it and made a business from selling copies at a cheaper price.

“That local music you enjoy in shops and outlets is from the hard work of our local artists. Most of them are relying on their music for their daily living, so if you are using that music to attract customers or in a public area you need to pay for that,” he said.

In addition, ACP Tudravu warned the public to be mindful of the hard work put in by local artists, which is often their source of income, or they would face the consequences.

“The enforcement of Fiji’s copyright laws, while it continues to be a challenge, is always taken seriously by the Fiji Police Force,” he said.

“Those involved in this illegal activity are being asked to refrain from doing so because enforcement will continue to come down on those who sell and distribute copyrighted materials.”

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