Music industry members met with government and legal experts to raise awareness about intellectual property rights online
A day-long workshop titled “Digital platforms, copyright law and the future of Bangladesh’s music”, jointly organized by the Bangladesh Copyright Office, Imagine Entertainment Limited and Legal firm AS Associates, successfully ended in the capital’s National Library Auditorium in Agargaon area on Saturday.
The Copyright Office’s Registrar of Copyrights Jafor Raza Chowdhury, AS Associates’ Barrister Ferdaus Rahman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Product Architect of Imagine Radio Shahriar Shahid discussed relevant topics – such as “Introduction to digital platforms, copyright law and the future of Bangladesh’s music,” “Copyright laws, Bangladesh and digital music platforms” and “How to protect and take benefits of digital music platforms”– in the first event of its kind in Bangladesh.
Addressing the event as chief guest, Secretary in Charge for the Cultural Affairs Ministry Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal said: “We have to raise awareness about intellectual property rights among everyone. Hopefully everyone present here today will cooperate with us in that goal.”
“Music is one of the major foundations of any culture, and a new horizon has opened in the musical arena after the breakthrough in digital media and digital platforms. Now it is necessary to ensure revenue collection from these contents through their proper use and proper application, so that our artists can survive in society by doing what they love,” he added.
Singers Krishnakali Islam, Mahtim Sakib, Sina Hasan, Sovvota and Arka Sumon; music directors Jahid Bashar Pankaj, Rokan Emon and Ashish Sarker; and many other notable personalities from the music industry attended the event.
Imagine Radio CEO Shahriar Shahid told the Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime: “This is the first workshop on digital music copyright laws in Bangladesh. We have a huge number of talented musicians who are distributing their music online, but they have no legal knowledge of digital copyright policies.”
“We have received positive feedback from the participants of the workshop. It was open for all, but we specifically invited musicians from our industry. It is just the start and we will organize more events like these in the future to keep our local musicians up to date with the digital platforms, revenue generation and copyright regulations.”