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Piracy on the increase in Salone

By Samuel Ben Turay

Deputy Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Cassette Sellers Association has told Concord Times that the act of piracy has considerably increased in the country as a result of advancement in technology across the world.

Abubakarr Conteh said despite the enactment of the Piracy Act in 2011, the issue of piracy still remains thus posing a major challenge to the music industry in Sierra Leone.

He said people use modern technology gadgets such as Ipads and Memory Cards to easily transfer music rather than purchase the original cassette; a development he said has negatively affected the local music industry.

“This is a very serious issue that we want the government and other agencies to properly look into. We really want to improve the music industry but such an attitude could affect us,” said Conteh.

He said his association has over 500 members who are willing to work with other stakeholders to move the industry forward.