Local rapper Gravity Omutujju has ordered everyone who has his videos uploaded on their personal YouTube channels to immediately take them down. Many bloggers, and other social media users are bound to fall victim of this crackdown on copyright infringement.
Stakeholders in the Uganda entertainment industry have for long cried foul of copyright infringement with many saying that their content is never protected by the laws available from unlawful reproduction by different people. Many cases have been reported, some including top artistes but not much, if anything at all, is done to ensure artistes’ intellectual property is protected.
Through constant efforts, different artistes, managers, producers, song writers, among other stakeholders in the industry have formed up various initiatives to enact a force to fight for the reactivation of the seemingly muted copyright laws. Groups like the Uganda Musicians Association, Save Ugandan Music, UPRS have been placed to help artistes protect, control, and earn from their content.
Gravity Omutujju however does not think these groups are doing enough in putting an end to the vice in question. The lugaflo rapper has come out to individually start a campaign of ensuring that his music is protected and to start with, he has ordered everyone that has his music and videos uploaded on their YouTube channels to immediately delete them.
Gravity issued the statement below to explain why he has embarked on such an effort;
What do you think of Gravity’s action?