Monday, 10 January 2011

Bhutan - Producers piqued by piracy

Thanks to modern gadgets and the internet, music lovers can download, copy, and share music easily but it is also promoting piracy. As a result, the sale of music CDs and cassettes has been decreasing rapidly causing a huge loss to the nascent music industry.

Jamtsho, an audio shop owner, blames piracy for the decreasing sale of music CDs.

“Earlier business was good but now with pen drives, mobile phones, and memory cards, the sale has plummeted. I can’t sell even 10 copies of audio cassettes and CDs,” he said.

“With DVD players, broadband, iPods, and mobile phones, it is not necessary to buy; you can download or share at no cost.”

According to singer, producer Nidup Dorji, Bhutanese musicians are struggling. As it is, the market is not lucrative.

“Our songs and movies are copied as soon as they are released. The government has to come up with plans and policies to stop this. We cannot fight this problem individually. We have to stop this together,” he said.

Piracy and digital downloading is not only happening locally. It is also happening across the border.

According to Sonam Dorji, another singer, producer, “All our songs are instantly copied and downloaded on pen drives and memory cards. We can find pirated versions of our cassettes and CDs all over Jaigaon, in India.

According to the Copyright Act, a person whose copyrights have been infringed upon can lodge a complaint with the police. The police can seize the pirated articles and store them to be produced as evidence in the court or even destroy them if necessary.

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