Piracy must be controlled to revive music industry: musicians, producersCultural Correspondent
Music industry people hope that the industry will revive its effervescence after resolving the problems, for which the industry struggled in the immediate past year.
Not many remarkable albums were released in 2012 due to a dispute between the production houses and bands that rose on question of profit sharing after a band filed a case against a production house.
Apart from that the piracy could not be controlled as a result production houses had struggled.
The stakeholders want that the government intervene in the issues seriously, especially controlling the piracy as it is doing in case of the film industry.
‘Piracy is the sole reason for all the dispute and slump trade market,’ noted musician Foad Nasser Babu, also the vice president of Bangladesh Musical Band Association, told New Age.
‘Copyright law should be implemented immediately,’ he said.
Mentioning the market is floated with pirated CDs for which both the producers and artistes cannot make profit, Babu said, ‘The criminals, however, are doing huge business releasing pirated CDs.’
Websites offering the free download of music has deteriorated the situation. Giving data of average loss that the productions houses face, counting after introducing such websites, Majharul Islam, managing director of a leading production house Laser Vision, said, ‘When we used to sell around 50,000 copies of an album of a mediocre singer five years back, we can sell an average of 2,000 copies of such albums these days.’
‘Set against the circumstances we are not in the position of giving due remunerations for the artistes,’ he added.
Ace band musician Ayub Bachchu calls for an immediate negotiation between the government and production companies. ‘There is no authentic way to know how much copies of an album are being out at the market. So the artistes get a lump sum royalty. Government should come forward to solve the problem by making hologram stickers mandatory with each copies of the CDs.’
‘And we also expect our dear music lovers buy CDs from the market instead of downloading or copying those,’ he added.
Popular singer Kumar Biswajit suggests the government to take technical supports from other countries in the world, which have also faced similar problems. ‘Introduction of “microchip and USB technology” as done by China can also be a solution,’ Biswajit said.
Another prominent singer Samina Chowdhury at the same time emphasises on improving the quality of each and every sector of the music industry to revive the market. ‘Everybody seems to do things in a hurried manner for which the outputs often become substandard,’ she told New Age.
Supplementing her Kumar Biswajit suggests practicing and recording original voices and music arrangements avoiding the dependence on the technological supports and synthesisers.
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