18 June 2012

Liberia: Reform Copyright Law -Kimmie Weeks Says

The CEO of the Kemmie L. Weeks (KLW) Consultancy Company, Dr. Kemmie Weeks, has expressed the need for the reform of the copyrights law of Liberia to enable Liberians to enjoy their intellectual property rights to the fullest.

Due to either the non-existent or dormancy of existing laws on intellectual property protection, many Liberians were not getting the necessary profits from their works, he said.

He was quick to noted that there were however signs that the situation was improving for a few individuals as indicated by his receipt of an international recognition for his efforts in 2011.

At a recent press conference in Monrovia, Dr. Weeks said efforts were underway, through KLW Consultancy Company’s lawyer, to draft a policy for the review of those in charge of Liberia’s intellectual property laws. The policy, he said, would start the process of reforming the intellectual property laws of Liberia.

According to him if Liberian artists, especially musicians, must enjoy their works, it was important that the copyrights laws were to meet international standards.

He then reminded Liberian artists to remain committed to their works, noting that they have an opportunity, through the reform, to get on par with their colleagues around the world.

The KLW Consultancy Company, sometime last year, signed its first contract to manage Liberian artists, commencing with the fabulous Liberian musician popularly referred to as “KZ” with the understanding of giving the artist a local boost and an international exposure.

Few months after the signing of the contract KZ, who is now in Korea participating on international shows, became the first recipient of such opportunity. Mr. Weeks disclosed that beside KZ, three other Liberian artists have signed contracts with his company.

Addressing the press along with the three artists, last Thursday, Dr. Weeks disclosed that he was adding them to the KLW management database. Those added were Leona Moore, alias Lady Mouthy; Damanice  Neufville Bio, known as D’Phamous; and Aa’kehtee Partmilnee Bio, also called Keht Cane.

He said the agreements between the artists and his company would set a new agenda in their lives and improve their career as professional musicians in Liberia.

In separate remarks, the artists expressed commitment to working with the KLW Company to have their respective goals achieved.

They commended Dr. Weeks and the KLW Company for providing the opportunity that would make them achieve their long-desired aims.

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