PMB artists say ‘no’ to piracy

2016-07-13 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Pietermaritzburg artists march against music piracy.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Pietermaritzburg artists march against music piracy.

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FED up with the damage piracy is doing to the music industry, Pietermaritzburg­ artists on Thursday took part in a march against music piracy.

They marched through the Pietermaritzburg CBD to educate the community about the effect music piracy has on the industry.

They also confiscated pirated goods from vendors in Langalibalele Street and called for individuals pirating­ music to be treated as criminals because they are stealing something that does not belong to them, and then make money out of it.

Marcher, gospel singer Nkanyiso Miya, said they want the perpetrators to face harsher consequences for pirating­ music.

“This is our bread and butter - it’s painful to see our CDs being sold for less than R20 on street corners when we work so hard on our craft.

“Piracy is a crime that disregards the music industry and we appeal to authorities to take this matter seriously.”

Miya said some music consumers think buying pirated music is an insignificant act that does not have a great effect on artists.

The march was rounded off with performances at Market Square.

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