Gertze cautions against piracy during World Cup

Martin Endjala

The MultiChoice Namibia Managing Director Roger Gertze has cautioned the public about the latest trends of piracy, which is costing the entertainment industry huge losses as unlicensed content providers of late have emerge in broadcasting illegal material.

The MD emphasised that creating public awareness about piracy is important, so that there is a deep understanding, that every person has a role to play in solving this problem.

“We hope that these information sessions provide clarity about the reality of illegal streaming and show how we can all work together to deter it,” said Gertze.

MultiChoice Namibia recently organised an information session to discuss and shed light on the issue of piracy and the effects it has on the country’s creative industry. This was done to raise awareness around piracy in view of the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, during which illegal streaming of networks are expected to rise.

Gertze added that MultiChoice via its sister company SuperSport holds the exclusive broadcast rights for all 64 World Cup 2022 matches in Africa, and as a sports content leader it aims to ensure broadcast access and quality for customers, while adhering to and protecting the content copyright provided by FIFA.

Also speaking at the event, was Seno Namwandi, an intellectual property rights expert, who highlighted the various forms of piracy and perspectives on how combating piracy can be attained.

She said that Piracy comes in many forms and it costs the entertainment industry billions of dollars

every year, harms businesses, destroys lives and negatively affects the economy.

According to Namibian laws on copyrights, she said, when it comes to content broadcasting within the entertainment space, MultiChoice has been accorded such a license, which gives them automatic copyrights from the original copywriter to air or broadcast such content, and that anyone found doing so without such a licence is infringing on the law, which is punishable by either a fine not less than N$20 000, or a minimum of three years in imprisonment she added.

Furthermore, Namwandi pointed out that illegal connections are used to stream trademarked content on unauthorised platforms, and using false information to take advantage of pay-TV subscriptions.

Meanwhile, the Marketing and Corporation Communications Manager Elzita Beukes, in an interview

with the Windhoek Observer, advised that should anyone witness bars or places in the city or across the country displaying FIFA games on a large screen outside, they should report it.

This she said is because FIFA has not granted commercial licensers FIFA BOX, and that pubs, bars among others are only permitted to show these games indoors nor advertise externally but only internally as per their commercial license.

Additionally, no charges fee should be demanded to watch FIFA games, except only their drinks, and

entrance Beukes explained.

By Observer