Zimura sleeping on duty as stations not licensed

The Zimbabwe Music Rights Association has once again been caught napping, as it is yet to license StarFM and ZiFM radio stations to pay royalties for the music played.

Zimura is still making to license these newest radio players more than a year after they joined the airwaves.

Technically, this means StarFM and ZiFM have been playing music for free at the expense of musicians, thereby contravening the country’s copyright act, which Zimura is supposed to enforce.

It’s a situation made worse by the fact that Zimura last paid royalties to musicians in 2009 before falling into a legal wrangle with the state broadcaster ZBC. Though Zimura successfully took ZBC to court over an outstanding $650,000 in June last year, ZBC is yet to comply with the court order.

Zimura managing director Polisile Ncube confirmed that they were yet to license the new radio stations and did not know when the process would be finalised.

Zimura is also yet to acquire a radio monitoring device. Until they do, they are forced to rely on logsheets from broadcasters.

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