The issue of Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (ZIMURA) and royalties for authors / publishers & composers of music has been topical within the music spaces for years now. It has fast become a clichè. “Zimura yakadhakwa!” The BIGGEST question is: Are the artists sober????
In Zimbabwe, Intellectual Property rights are governed by The Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) which falls under the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Intellectual Property recognised by the Zimbabwean law include Copyright and Neighbouring Rights, Industrial Designs, Integrated, Circuit Lay-Out Designs, Geographical Indications, Patents, Plant Breeders Rights, and TradeMarks.
The need to understand Copyright should be anchored in a clear understanding of what it really is. In simpler terms, Copyrighting is a process used to protect works from theft.