Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Sound recordings: when more control can lead to more infringement

Mtandazo Dube and Godwin Muzari ("Recording albums in South Africa for local musicians is proving not only to be ill-advised but also ill-timed") have written a remarkably depressing account in the Zimbabwe Sunday Mail of the lot of African musicians to the south of the continent. After describing the black market for pirate products -- with pirate product available in Harare even before it has been lawfully marketed in South Africa -- they explain how attempts to control the circulation of recordings have the paradoxical effect of fuelling the demand for unauthorised copies.

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