The Music industry made headway in the fight against piracy over the past months when various clubs in Pretoria, Randburg and Bronkhorstspruit were inspected.
The following is an extract from the Anti-Piracy Sub-committee report for 21 August 2013.
As reported previously, although unlicensed digital jukeboxes are being addressed, numerous complaints are being received from licensed operators from across
Following the seizure of a jukebox at a venue styled Angus’s Tavern located in Alberton on 7th August 2012, the owner of the jukebox was traced by the RAPU to an address located in Boksburg. It was established that this address is that of Licensed Digital Jukebox operator. A search and seizure warrant was drafted and afforded to the Germiston Commercial Branch. During May 2013 the search and seizure warrant was granted by the Boksburg Magistrate. On the 13th of August 2013 a raid was conducted on the premises.
Bronkhorstspruit were raided where infringing discs and digital copies of sound recordings were seized/ surrendered.
In some instances, cease and desist notices were served. In these instances the venues were again visited and found that they have elected not to comply. Criminal complaints have been filed with the Pretoria Commercial Branch and we await the execution thereof.
the provinces in respect of the usage of unlicensed music at restaurants, guesthouses, clubs/pubs and mobile DJs.
Since the last report 24 clubs, shebeens/taverns and restaurants were inspected. During these inspections infringing discs and music found on computer systems were either seized/surrendered. At these businesses, except shebeens, the IFPI’s Copyright and Security Guide for Companies were introduced. At restaurants, waiters were found to be the culprits loading the business’s background music system with infringing music and as per usual DJs are identified at clubs.
This particular licensee has declared that they operate under the licensing scheme four jukeboxes. Evidence found at the premises however indicate that the operator is operating in excess of 100 jukeboxes at venues located throughout Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.
Various clubs which include Presleys', Club Tennessee, Big 6 Sports Pub, No. 7’s, restaurant, bowling alleys such as African Chef, Let’s go Bowling, Die Plaashuis, Crawdaddy’s, Mavericks, The Flamingo Lounge, in Pretoria and Shebeens in Randburg and
The above mentioned raids/inspection has brought forth the seizure/surrender of goods, to wit infringing CD’s, DVD’s and sound recordings in digital format.
As such the following totals reflect the Rand value of goods seized by/ surrendered to RiSA:
No. digital sound recordings seized: 413 316
Quantified to a total: 20 665.8 discs
Street Value of discs (@R65/album): R1 343 277
Digital value (@R5/track): R2 066 580.00.