Copyright, royalties and musical piracy in Mauritius

Admittedly a very difficult issue, copyrighting has plagued Mauritian artists for decades. This text discusses recent developments as it concerns Mauritian authorities and the country’s artists. It has been an issue of debate for the Department of Arts and Culture, which has under its supervision the Mauritian copyrights agency. Added to this is the complication of music piracy, which is an ever-growing problem. During the festive period, artists fear that their works will be pirated and sold at half the price (RS 100, approximately 3 USD) or even less. To counter the effect of piracy, in December 2015, artists decided to take matters in their hands. The altercation between top Mauritian artists, street vendors and the police made headlines. CONTINUE READING