Sing and we’ll sue, says copyright union

Sing and we’ll sue, says copyright union

The Myanmar Song Copyright Owners Association says it will start taking legal action against people who use its members’ songs without permission.

The association has repeatedly warned against the unauthorised use of their members’ songs and tunes at concerts and other venues, but it has gone unheeded, said the association’s deputy-chairman, Myint Moe Aung.

“There have been cases of concert organisers using our songs and then neglecting to take responsibility. Now we are no longer imploring them [not to violate copyrights], but are warning them that we will take legal action.

“Honestly we don’t like to do this kind of thing. We would rather have some kind of understanding between music business operators and musicians,” said Myint Moe Aung.

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He noted that the not-for-profit use of songs can be permitted.

High Court lawyer Kyi Myint confirmed that copyright violations can lead to prosecution.

The association says that a majority of the more than 60 songs performed at Telenor’s karaoke concert recently were copyrighted by the association, and that the show’s organisers made no request for permission to use these songs.

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