27/02/2013 PURSUIT OF SONGS COPYRIGHTS REFORM PROJECT
Village and Church Elder Young Vivian have expressed strong support to the belief of looking at the copyright laws of Niue’s old legends, songs, music and dances. His remarks cropped up at the time when Brad Etuata suggested publicly that his family have given the issue a hard thought and felt, enough is enough, for hawkers who abuse the system.
Copyrights are important because it identify and protects those who actually compose, sing and own the song or music so rightly if the song is commercialized the owner should benefit from it, not the hawkers. Like the popular Hakupu chant ‘Ko mautolu nai, ko e tau tagata kai tagata” composed by Mc Millian Etuata which has been remade in song form for business.
Music and songs have taken a soft spot in Niue that just about every song that comes on radio almost belongs to the general public. The fact it was never raised shows how liberal we have been with recognizing there were and still are property which are private and those of the public, and the old NIA philosophy. The time has come for tough questioning and making right what was abused in the past.
Copyrights reform comes at the time when the village is trying to revive its history and so be it, Young says.
‘Ikiua Lupo composed many songs and hymns while residential Pastor of Hakupu but was never respected as his property, he explained.
‘And Salekiu Tusini, Uini Taleni and Aue Ahetoa, Ben Tanaki, Tom Mitikea, we have many other composers that we must record in our history’.
‘That is one main reason we have initiated this traditional knowledge and history of Hakupu project so the present generation are aware’ he said.
‘We are a bit too late and behind with drawing the line here but I suppose it’s much better than sitting idle’ Young concluded.
The village has become too relaxed or too civilized that they missed the legal issues of respect. It is planned that by the end of the year the village surely would have completed a set of rules to follow including documenting all the songs and music of Hakupu from those which are also borrowed in one form or another.
Best effort for the copyrights reform work currently in pursuit of fairness, just and respect for the original composers and musicians of Hakupu.