Re-balancing artists’ rights in cell phone ringtones? An analysis of Tanzanian copyright

Makulilo, Alex B. (2013) Re-balancing artists’ rights in cell phone ringtones? An analysis of Tanzanian copyright. Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 8 (No. 6). pp. 474-479.

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Abstract

On 23 July 2012, The Citizen, a Tanzanian local newspaper, bore an appealing headline, ‘How Bongo artists miss billions in ringtone deals’.7 The paper reported that OnMobile, a foreign company headquartered in Bangalore, India, provided ringtone services for the two major mobile service providers, Vodacom Tanzania and Airtel. However, OnMobile had contractual arrangements with Push Mobile, a local company in Tanzania. The latter signed contracts with artists to obtain licences to use their songs as cell phone ringtones. According to the paper, in the period before OnMobile came on to the scene, particularly in the late 2000s, artists had to deal with either Push Mobile or Spice, both local companies, if they wanted sell their songs as ringtones; this ceased to

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 340 Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law > Department of Civil and Criminal law
Depositing User: Mr Said Said
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 06:21
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 06:21
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/354

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