THE Fiji Police Force has admitted that there have been challenges in the enforcement of laws dealing with piracy.
But, the Acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan is optimistic that the problem can be overcome by getting all stakeholders together to find a solution for current and future musicians.
"No man or woman is an island. We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in," he said.
"People and societies co-depend on each other for survival but growth of such things as piracy is seeing traditional laws (Copyright Act of 1999) being disregarded.
"Our artists are suffering due to the growth of piracy but at the same time we can really bridge that expanding gap through volunteering to stop piracy."
Mr Narayan made the comments while opening the week-long Procera Music Festival at Syria Park in Nausori on Saturday night.
He said people should practice the government's Buy Fijian made concept, considering that 90 per cent of Procera's artists were Fijians who were paid either royalties on compact discs sold or one-time outright payment.
"Most of the artists depend on these payments for their daily expenses which is why we must all continue to support our local artists.
"I applaud the organisers for coming up with this festival, allowing our artists to showcase their work through a range of multi-cultural entertainment with the focus on glamour and fun.
"This is a good opportunity for all stakeholders to also come together and show our support to a group of people who have been there for us in good times or bad."