A street vendor landed himself in hot soup following a conviction for publicly playing Dance Hall Star Shinsoman’s song Mai Devante.
The 21 year old vendor, earned himself some “quality” ten days in jail.
Louis Khupe was charged on his own plea of guilty for contravening C/S 59 (2) as read with section 59 subsections 5 of the Copyright Act Chapter 26:05 that is performing literary or musical works in a public place without the authority of the owner of copyright.
Passing the sentence Zvishavane Magistrate Story Rushambwa said it should be known that public performance of musical works without the authority of the owner of copyright is illegal and such cases may have stiffer penalties to offenders.
According to the State’s case, on May 30 this year police detectives were on patrol and received a tip off that Khupe who resides at 63 Shu Shine Houses Mandava was performing literary music in a public place — that is Ruswa House.
The man was playing Mai Devante a song by popular dancehall artist Shinsoman who is registered under Zimbabwe Musical rights Association for the administration of his copyright.
Khupe did not have a copyright licence to permit him to play musical works publicly as stated by the Copyright and Neighbouring Act Chapter 26:05.-Online