[News] Ghana Music Rights Organisation Plans To Make Churches Pay Royalties.

Royalties will be paid by churches in Ghana for songs they sing during their services, if plans by the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), come to fulfilment.

At the media workshop last week, the Chairman of the organisation, Mr. Rex Owusu Marfo aka Rex Omar indicated that they were planning to make churches also pay royalties for the music they use during service.

The Chairman said, they are putting in place the necessary measures to let churches pay royalties because they also use musicians’ intellectual property, if all music users would pay for the songs they use, the Ghanaian musician will be better than before”.

However, the new Administration is resolute in its fight against piracy and has put together its arms to ensure that the Ghanaian musician benefits from his intellectual property.

In a society where the proposition of churches paying tax has proven unyielding, some have opined that GHAMRO would have to be strong in enforcing this law.

So far, GHAMRO has held workshops for the police and the media to educate them on their activities and their respective roles in helping enforce copyright laws.