collective of the artists and producers against piracy
"We do not want any more stupid and ironic propaganda of the
In a press release deposited to our office, the Collective of the artists
and producers against piracy reacted about the seizure of a batch of 600
paperboards of pirated tapes by the Malian Office of the authors’
rights (BMDA). The national television made a report on this subject and
the elements passed in the news of the evening. It said that "the
operation would have led to the seizure of 20 000 pirated tapes".
The Collective of the artists and producers against piracy estimates that
"it became a tradition, an unpleasant distraction of the BMDA. Each
time the artists and the producers express their dissatisfaction about
piracy; this structure tries a media blow by showing seized cassettes
in order to prove its engagement against this plague. But, nobody is stupid!".
According to the Collective "20 000 cassettes! It is nothing compared
to the width of the crime. The carters continue to duplicate our works
openly and publicly. The small salesmen of pirated albums circulate in
impunity in the city. And the BMDA wants to prove us that it is acting.
At this very moment, how much tons of pirated products entered the country
in containers? ". The question is to know what is the fate reserved
to the convicted pirates?
With the analysis, the artists and producers do not see objective reasons
which push the BMDA to rejoice about this result. By way of recall, a
similar operation, organized by the producers during 2004, had allowed
to do better in only a few hours. It should be underlined that 9 cassettes
out of 10 are counterfeited. And the country consumes on average 10 million
cassettes per annum of which 9 million are pirated.
"Everybody knows that the seizure is circumstantial and that, as
usual, it has less chance to be followed by other big actions. And we
are surprised to see that instead of cleansing the market for the two
structures of duplication Mali K7 and Seydoni-Mali, the BMDA delivers
authorizations to duplicate outside the country.
The direction of the BUMDA knows that the quantity it authorizes to duplicate
is not profitable enough to go abroad to manufacture them. There is thus
strong doubt that those who profit from these authorizations of the BUMDA
benefit from it in another way.
when after the delivery of the authorizations, the mechanism of control
does not function any more. At each fit of anger of the creators, the
BMDA acts like that to calm them. After that, there’s nothing more.
We do not want any more of this stupid and ironic propaganda. We wait
concrete actions from the BMDA. We want regular seizures, we require that
the convicted pirates pay their crime with the last rigour ", declared
the Collective of the artists and producers for the fight against piracy.
The Malian Office of the authors’ right has to prove itself to convince
the artists and producers of his good faith and will to cleanse the market.
We know that the safety forces are at their disposal for the needs of
the cause. TO BE CONTINUED...