NASCAM to take action …over music copyright violations

By Rosalia David

NAMIBIAN Society of Composer and Authors of Music (NASCAM) chief executive officer (CEO) Eino-John Max has once again warned disc jockeys, jukebox owners and event organisers against operating without licenses.

“We recently had a meeting with the regional commanders and the City of Windhoek Police and informed them that wherever they find a Dj operating without a NASCAM license they should arrest [them] or rather confiscate their equipment, especially those in the Khomas region because they are very ignorant,” he noted.

He went on to say that event organisers often host events without complying with the copyright law and therefore should be targeted as more events are scheduled to take place towards the end of the year.

“There are so many things happening, such as the year-end parties, graduations, basically just a lot of events taking place and we told the police to … keep an eye on them because people continue to take our request as a joke,” he stressed.

He further confirmed that operations have already started and urged jukebox owners to make sure they have their documents ready at all times.

“We started with operations last week and some bar owners would come up with excuses, such as ‘The owner of the jukebox is out of town or does not live in Windhoek’. If you have a jukebox in another town and you’re never around, make sure that your documents are always at the bar or where you have placed the jukebox because we will definitely remove it and confiscate it until you bring us your license.”

Although a few jukebox owners and DJ’s have flocked to NASCAM’s offices to register after it was reported in 2018 that they could face a jail term or pay a fine of N$15,000 if caught operating without a license, Max said DJs have gone quiet again and therefore measures have been put in place to reinforce copyright.

“Most DJs just came forward after announcing the [possible] jail term last year and have really showed interest in owning a copyright license but they have gone quiet again. Some complained about the registering fee being too high but we gave them an alternative to pay it in installments but still decided that they are not interested,” Max said.

The registration fee for local DJs is N$800 per year and is payable in instalments.