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Fire For Fire! GHAMRO to sue top media firms; barks at GIBA

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The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is seething as it threatens to sue radio and television networks that have violated their mandated responsibilities of paying royalties for the use of music in their operations.

The organization, in a news conference organized yesterday, also frowned at the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) for its exhibition of insolence and unprofessionalism – for blatantly refusing to show up at the Conference, originally put together by the Association.

Addressing the meeting, legal counsel for GHAMRO, Dr. Poku Adusei, expressed his disgust at the behavior of GIBA, who had arranged for the meeting, which was supposed to see the two bodies sign an agreement.

The said agreement would have seen the organization collect arrears owned it by the major radio and TV stations across the country as well as mechanisms to collect royalties from other regions.

According to Dr. Poko Adusei, GHAMRO took some major media firms to court over their refusal to pay royalties for a couple of years. Their mother body, GIBA, intervened and pleaded with the court to allow it to sit with GHAMRO to prepare an agreement that would see to the collection of the royalties from the firms without any rancor.

The two firms met for several months to prepare the content of the agreement and when it was time for the signing, GIBA insisted that, the signing be made a public spectacle especially when it is a history-making move.

The day for the signing of the document came and GIBA were nowhere to be found; no representative and no word from their quarters as to why they refused to show.

By the turn of events, GHAMRO has called the yet-to-be-signed paper non-existent and is going forth to sue the major networks who they claim, have arrears to settle from 2014 to date.

The meeting that was shunned by GIBA without any explanation was also attended by the Chairman of GHAMRO, Kojo Antwi, Madam Yaa Attafuah, Head of Copyright Ghana and Vice Chair of GHAMRO, Nana Tuffour, who together with some journalists, had come all the way from Kumasi for the occasion.

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