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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 10) - The Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) says local composers and musicians continue to lose out on their livelihood because the authorities are unable to enforce anti-piracy laws in Fiji.

Association chairman Eremasi Tamanisau expressed concern at the loss of income for local artists.

Tamanisau said the work of local composers and musicians was being stolen despite countless raids by the police on those selling the pirated merchandize.

The FPRA yesterday distributed FJ$82,000 [US$51,000] in royalties to 235 of its members. Tamanisau said the association had a total of FJ$165,000 [US$102,000] to be distributed in royalties to its members both local and overseas for last year.

Last week, local musician Kurubale Malumu said he was not able to make any profits from the sale of his music compact disc and DVD because they were being pirated and sold at a much lower price.

Mr. Malumu, who owns Bula Music Production in Pacific Harbour, said music was his livelihood and he needed to support three children who were private students at the University of the South Pacific.

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