Maj. Gen Elly Kayanja has implored creative artistes all over the country to unite so as to be helped by government.
Speaking at a Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) symposium in Kampala, Kayanja observed that Uganda’s creative arts industry has potential of turning Uganda into a modern economy, notably through job creation and revenue generation.
Though promising, he says piracy still remains a key impediment which cannot be fought unless stakeholders come together.
Unity, he says is imperative if government is to fully implement the Copyright And Neighboring Rights Act of 2006.
“It is upon you creative artists to work together, collaborate as a group for government to perform its duties. If you are not united, there is no way government will help you”, he says.
On his part, Mr. Bemanya Twebaze the registrar general rebuffed talk that there are no laws to this effect. Twebaze says Uganda has one of the best intellectual property legal frameworks all over.
However, he cited anomalies within collective management organizations as retarding their work.
“The problem has never been laws. CMOs are there but some of them have a challenge of accountability and transparency”, Twebaze explains.
Collective management organizations Uganda Performing Rights society (UPRS) and Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO) are charged with handling musicians and publishers royalties respectively.
To tap into that opportunity, one must be a registered member.