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Performing Artistes Petition Parliament over Copyrights, New Regulations

The performing artistes and related industry players have petitioned Parliament over the delayed implementation of copyrights and new stringent regulations issued by the Government.

In her communication to Members of Parliament on Tuesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said Government needs to put in place a Commission to implement copyright.

“I have a petition from the National Union of Creative, Performing Artistes and Allied Workers about the failure by government to implement the Copyright Act. Government was supposed to establish a Commission to guide the industry. That Act is more than 15 years old now. It is also true that the creative industry, as a sector, has no minister,” said Kadaga.

The Speaker said she has in several occasions received complaints from artistes, fashion designers, film actors, writers and others because they don’t have a political head; and when they face problems in the industry, they don’t know where to go. Sometimes the performing artistes go to KCCA; sometimes to the Ministry of Gender and sometimes to the Speaker.

The artistes said they always receive directives from different government agencies.

“Some instructions come from NEMA; others from KCCA; and UCC. There is a particular concern that the regulations recently issued by the Uganda Communications Commission, and which were laid before this House, contained very oppressive prescriptions, which I would want the committee of ICT to examine in the same way we supported the Telecom sector to rectify the excesses that were embedded in the regulations,” said Kadaga.

The Speaker said she is going to write to President Yoweri Museveni to request that he appoints a minister for that sector.

“I want to propose that the government establishes a Ministry in charge of that sector so that there can be someone to speak for them in the Cabinet and also where they can go to solve their issues,” she added.

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