I am not in the performing or creative industries, and derive no monetary benefit from it. I recognise, however, the critical importance of the cultural sector to any society’s wellbeing and development, which is why everything should be done to encourage our creative artists and cultural performers to continue to thrive and to benefit fully from the products of their work.
This should include providing them with protection against piracy and other forms of infringement on their works.
Unfortunately, even some in the industry seem not to be aware of the importance of these rights. I still can’t come to terms with the fact that some local artists criticized Cécile Kayirebwa for rightfully and commendably pursuing her right (to copyright protection) in the courts of law.
Many Rwandan musicians seemed unaware of their rights under the copyright laws. I hope it is not envy and jealousy that blinded them to the benefit for the industry as a whole from the outcome of this test case.
Mwene Kalinda, Kigali
Reaction to the story, “‘Piracy is killing Rwandan music’– Iyakaremye”, (The New Times, September 6)