Gyedu Blay Ambolley, a seasoned Highlife artist, has expressed anxiety over the startling increase in creative industry piracy and linked it to the quick expansion of internet media platforms.
During an exclusive interview with Graphic Showbiz, which 1Family Radio monitored, Ambolley talked about the early days of the music industry, when piracy was low and technology hacks posed less of a threat.
Ambolley drew a sharp contrast between the two eras, pointing out that while piracy did occur back then, it wasn’t as widespread as it is now since there is no internet media.
“Online media has undoubtedly revolutionized the way creatives work, but it has also become a double-edged sword, threatening our livelihoods and increasing piracy, as well as other practices like free downloads that deprive artists of the rightful gains from their hard work,” he noted.
Ambolley expressed grave worries about the current state of the industry and called for swift and decisive action to combat piracy, stressing the importance of a coordinated effort to safeguard artists and their creative works.
“This issue must be addressed head-on so that we don’t have musicians and other creatives struggling to put their best foot forward, only to have years of hard work wiped out with just a stroke of technology,” he said.