TWO Lusaka businessmen arrested for selling 735 copies of VCD’s and DVD’s without a hologram license have admitted the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
Larry Musonda, 33, of Kanyama West, and Morgan Simoonga, 32, of the same area admitted the charge when they appeared before Magistrate Fides Hamaundu.
Musonda and Simoonga told court that they had no authority or justification for their action. The two are facing a charge of sale of sound recording and cinematographic works without a hologram license contrary to the laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Musonda and Simoonga on September 29 last year did expose for sale 735 copies of VCDs and DVDs without a hologram license. The case was adjourned to February 22 for facts. A hologram is a unique ‘‘stamp’’ issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting copyright unit on all legal products (CDs/DVDs) registered by the owners of the publishing rights.
With this law, all products without the hologram are deemed as fake, pirated, illegal. This ‘stamp’ make it possible for law enforcers to monitor and raid all products that do not have the hologram.
The law stops the importation of products without the hologram at all borders and entry points and it helps the consumers to differentiate or distinguish an original product from a fake one.