Intellectual Property: Stand up For Music

The draws for the semifinals of the 41st edition of Uganda cup have been held on Thursday morning at FUFA house, pills Mengo.

The four teams that made it to this stage have been drawn in pairs in two-legged fixtures.

2014 finalists and eight time champions KCCA FC have been paired with league debutants, Lweza FC in the first fixture.

KCCA FC will be the first to host the first leg at Lugogo on Sunday 26th April with the return leg coming a week after.

This will be the first home fixture for the 2004 winners this season having played all their four cup fixtures away.

Another eight time champion SC Villa will play host to Jinja side BUL FC that eliminated Bright stars in the last eight.


All the games will be played on a home and away basis with the first legs scheduled for Sunday 16th April 2015 and the return legs a week later on Sunday 3rd May 2015.


The team with more goals at the end of the return leg match shall be the winner of the match.

The team with more goals on aggregate from both legs will be considered the winner and thus qualify for finals.

In case the two teams in a pairing have the same goal aggregate (draw), then the team with more away goals goes through.

If, under this circumstance, the teams are still tied up then the FIFA spot kicks shall be applied to determine the winner.

Uganda Cup semifinal Fixtures

1st leg:

Sunday 16th April 2015:          KCCA FC vs. Lweza FC – KCCA stadium, Lugogo

Sunday 16th April 2015:          SC Villa vs. BUL FC      -Nakivuubo stadium

2nd leg:

Sunday 3rd May 2015:            Lweza FC vs. KCCA FC -Wankulukuku stadium

Sunday 3rd May 2015:            BUL FC vs. SC Villa      -kakindu stadium, Jinja
By Roland Yongyera

The World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2015 is 26th April, 2015, sales and the theme is “Get up, pharmacy stand up. For music”.

In its press release, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) describes music as the “most universal of creative expressions” which “transcends borders and connects with some primal beat within all of us”.

Through this theme, WIPO also appears to be paying tribute to the “inspiration and hard work of thousands of creative people around the world – singers and songwriters; musicians and publishers; producers, arrangers, engineers and many others” who are responsible for the music that we enjoy today.

When Bob Marley and the Wailers laid down the opening track, “Get Up Stand” in a Kingston recording studio some four decades ago, the song hit charts and became an enduring international anthem for human rights.

It begins with a signature tune ‘Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! Don’t give up the fight.’

We need to stand up for the musicians rights. Music has inspired change, shaped our moral, Philly’s Alone and Frightened was key in the HIV stigma reduction message, it was even key in Countries like Gambia where it was even translated into the local languages and became a phenomena. That’s how powerful music is, it can build a nation, revive a culture.

Uganda has had a rich history of drama, musicians from across the country. By paying tribute to them on this day, we are thankful to the entire team of producers, sound engineers and arrangers.

The tireless work effort they put into making a tune, making a song and finally putting it on market. It is an effort worth rewarding and protecting. From Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Kadongo Kamu, Contemporary music, traditional music since the earliest rhythms have emerged and evolved into this most universal of creative expressions .

A day passes not without a beautiful tune getting played in our minds. The question is whether we enjoy the listening at the expense of the creators, many at times we complain that our music is low quality but have we delved to ask ourselves these questions are musicians getting their times worth?

Do we have recording labels that ensure growth of these musicians? Music inspires us even when we are not listening; music is often playing over in our minds – a soundtrack to our thoughts.

Hard work

The music we enjoy today comes from the hard work of thousands of creative people in Uganda– singers and songwriters; musicians and publishers; producers, arrangers, engineers and many others.

These musicians in Uganda need to know that their rights are protected by law and there are mechanisms to enforce copyright infringement.

Many artists do song “covers” of legends like Elly Wamala, Jimmy Katumba. Most artists barely make money off their records or songs, because most are unaware about copyright (which does not need to be registered).

With the advent of cyber growth, most of the music is easily downloadable on sites and internet protocols which puts the musicians’ efforts to zero. And the technologies through which we access music change almost as quickly – as do the business models that support them.

Downloading or streaming, purchase or subscription, direct sale from creator to consumer – all options are on the table. We have a lot of “Compact Disc Burning” going for as low as shs. 300 a song!!

The musicians, producers need to take advantage of the existing legal framework, collecting societies to ensure that we just don’t enjoy their music but they earn from it as well.

The song by legendary Robert Nestor Marley should be our theme, it aptly captures the World IP Day, it recognises that there is a right, and all we need to see is the light, and government has opened the window of that light, the rays are bright. It is time for musicians to live Marley’s dream and stand up for the Intellectual Property Rights.

In Uganda we have the legal framework governing such rights and this is enforceable under the Copyright and Neighbouring Act and there are some key provisions which border on licensing, nature of rights of an author, it aptly covers neighbouring rights, rights of a performer

So in essence the musician, arrangers, sound engineers rights and remedies are extensively covered. The artists out there, innovators and arrangers get value for your works register with Uganda Registration Service Bureau for protection of your Intellectual Property Rights.

The writer is a lawyer and a social activist.

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