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$68m loss

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, August 09, 2014

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association says government loses about $68million annually to movie and music pirates in the country.

Association chairman Eremasi Tamanisau said according to studies conducted by the association, unscrupulous movie and music traders were pocketing millions in tax-free dollars while local musicians that created original musical works were struggling to put food on the table.

"The buying public who create demand for these stolen properties are also equal partners in this deplorable crime," he said.

"We request the government — through the Fiji Police Force, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary — to counter this cancerous growth with the full brunt of the law."

Last year, Sigatoka businessman Fariyad Ali — owner of Coastal Trading — was fined $12,000 by the High Court in Lautoka for selling pirated copies of locally produced music.





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