Could we be having a lasting solution to the problems concerning the copyright law in Uganda finally? Government has drafted new laws for publishers.

On Wednesday 31st October 2018, the Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda revealed that government is focusing and working on the problem facing copyright laws and will soon be solved.

Ugandan artistes during a meeting concerning the copyright law

The new law, according to the minister of Science and Technology, will be very effective as police will be greatly involved in the enforcement unlike the current law which he says was very loose and the punishments not strict.

He added;

In the new law, any person who publishes any work will have to register it with government to ensure whoever uses it passes through the right channel of government so that they can be authorised

Elioda Tumwesigye | Science and Technology minister

For many years, artists have singled out the lack of strict copyright laws and poor enforcement to be one of the reasons why the arts industries are lagging behind and still underdeveloped.

With these new developments, the tightening of law on copyright for publishers, authors, and artists is in advanced stages and there is hope the problem that has tormented them for a long time will be solved.

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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