Last Friday, local artistes held a colourful event to celebrate World Intellectual Property day at National theatre. The event kicked off with a march from George street through Kampala road to the theatre under the Ugandan theme “My Music My Asset.”
Events included a book exhibition as musicians entertained guests with performances from Richard Kawesa, as well as Sam and Sophie Gombya. At the event organized by Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), upcoming musicians complained of lack of funds to record their music.
Ben Anyama, a board member at URSB, said: “People don’t know the copyright law they misuse people’s intellectual property, although we are slowly picking up.”
Andrew Benon Kibuuka, the president Federation of Performing Artistes of Uganda, said the federation is dedicated to job and wealth creation.
“Most world economies are driven by creative and cultural industries whose bedrock lies in intellectual property. Many people, especially the youth, look at culture with contempt, adoring Western life. We implore government to realign youth mindset,” he said.
He also urged URSB to not merely register intellectual property but also educate the public about the implications of infringing on intellectual property. Many big names in music did not turn up, however, because they reportedly had shows or were too tired.
Source : The Observer