Copyright and the Music Industry in Uganda: A Critique of the Challenges and Opportunities

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Makerere Law Journal, Volume 1, p.43-60 (2013)


American Legal Developments, copyright, development, Uganda music industry


<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Uganda&lsquo;s music industry is at a rise with many upcoming musicians and song writers with yet a more receptive audience that is party-loving. The boom comes at a time of great technological advancement making it easy for those joining the industry to have their music easily reach the audience. Nevertheless, a critical analysis of the technological developments presents a quite big risk to the industry. With modern software that makes it quite easy to share a song, edit and make videos, musicians are left with little benefit from their works. The industry is thus in a dilemma- whether to limit the rate at which funs access musical pieces or actually leave it free for their funs and other stake holders to take benefit of this situation of course at the expense of the musician, song writer or producer inter-alia. This paper explores the different types of infringement in relation to the musical Industry, the causes of such infringement and the perception of the public and musicians towards the notion of copyright in regard to the music industry. An in-depth analysis with the American legal developments has been given in comparison with Uganda&lsquo;s current legal regime concerning copyright and the music industry. Taking on from the American experience, it is believed that the copyright law, if well publicized to both the general public and most importantly the key players in the music industry, will be of great essence to the development of the Ugandan music industry.</span></span><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>