By Johannes Hangula
THE Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio stations programme producers are averting the artists from getting their royalties funds from Namibia Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) as they are failing to fill in and compile the mandated Programme Register Schedule (PRS) forms.
This was revealed to Confidente by NASCAM CEO John Max last week. “The issue here is that, programme producers are not filling in the PRS forms at all, even though they are still playing the artists’ songs on air during their programmes,” he stated.
According to Max, these returns are essential for they enable NASCAM to accurately distribute the royalties which it has collected to the composer whose workers have actually been performed during radios or television programmes throughout the year.
Max specifically stated that NBC Silozi and Oshiwambo radio producers were the biggest culprits when it came to failing to compile the PRS forms, adding that, it seems some of these producers were refuse to act on instruction from their superiors.
“We have directly spoken to some programme producers at Oshiwambo radio station … but still there is no improvement from them. And with Silozi it is only one programme producer that does the filling and compiling of the forms, as the rest don’t seem to care at all,” he added.
Max also informed Confidente that NASCAM wrote a second letter on September 20, to the head of NBC Oshiwambo radio service Helen Shiimbi requesting an audience with NBC service programme producers, following the first one sent earlier, to the head of NBC Silozi radio service.
“It is mandatory for them to supply us with this information by law. It does not matter whether you are playing local or international music on your programme, all we need is the information on the PRS forms, because we represent both local and international artists. So without this information there is no way we can distribute royalties to these artists,” he said.
“What is painful is that our artists are listening to radios every day, and at the end of the year their expectancies are being violated as they don’t get to receive their royalties at all. And yet again people must know that even though our artists are investing more in albums, nowadays albums are no more selling, that is why our artists rely on these royalties for their well-being”.
Max, however, expressed his satisfaction with the rest of NBC television and radio producers that have been cooperative in supplying NASCAM with the required information.
Responding to these allegations, NBC acting chief commercial officer Umbi Karuaihe-Upi denied the allegations.
“It is not true. NBC ensures that all royalties are paid. We contribute N$1.6 million per year to NASCAM for royalties,” said Karuaihe-Upi.
Max also pleading with all radio stations to abide by the copyright law of the country.
He is further warning all unlicensed people playing music in public areas and individuals selling pirated CDs on the street that NASCAM is working closely with the police to track them down so they face justice.
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