Artists and producers attending the ongoing Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola on the Copperbelt province have been urged to collect and fill-in hologram forms at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services pavilion.
Hologram Implementation Taskforce Spokesperson Kingsley Nkonde advised the musicians and producers not to travel to Lusaka but access the forms at the Trade Fair because government, through the Ministry of Information has provided enough forms to cater the people.
Mr. Nkonde said a certificate will be issued to eligible applicants who will be allowed to buy the hologram at an affordable price.
He said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
“All imported works entering Zambia will be required to have a hologram and time to comply is now up to 16th September, 2013 and the affixation of the hologram will only be done by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services,” he explained.
He disclosed that government was yet to announce the price of the hologram.
A hologram is a feature that will be fixed on all artistic works, cassette discs (CDs), tapes and digital video discs (DvDs).
He explained that the forms would soon be accessed online at an appropriate time so that musicians and producers could access them anytime and anywhere.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nkonde said the sensitization on hologram to members of the public is ongoing in the country.
Mr. Nkonde, who is also Intellectual Property Specialist, said there were workshops being conducted for law enforcement officers, traders and Journalists while radio and television programmes were being done in order to educate the people on the feature.
He added that his organisations working with Zambia Music Copyright Protection Society (ZAMCOPS) has lined up a number of awareness campaign activities about the hologram and that government has tentatively set 16th September, 2013 as the date for the official launch.
Government spent KR1 million to procure the feature which arrived in the country in February this year to the delight of ZAMCOPS Board Chairman Edify Hamukale.
Mr. Hamukale said musicians have been crying for the holograms for a long time.
National Arts Council Vice Chairman Sankwe Kambole described the introduction of the hologram as a good measure that would greatly assist in fighting piracy in the music industry and that musicians would now benefit from the works.