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Copyright infringement, defamation major problems in showbiz —Candy Mamalouk

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Actress and filmmaker, Candy Mamalouk, has said that copyright infringement and defamation are major problems in the country’s entertainment industry.

Speaking about some of the challenges in the industry, she told Saturday Beats, “One of the major issues is copyright infringement. Many people now get materials online and use them as their work to make profit, without recourse to the original owner of the work.

“Another issue is defamation. Eighty per cent of the time, untrue statements and pieces of information get out that can hurt one’s image and career. We need to tackle those issues, so that the industry can keep growing in leaps and bounds.”

Mamalouk also revealed that she is working on a new film project titled, ‘When Love Was Love’.

Asked to state the highlights of her career, she said, “Everything that has shaped me into who I am today are the highlights of my career. Every work, project and story related to what I do are the highlights of my career.”

On other changes she would like to see in the industry, she said, “I would love to see African animation improve and get its pride of place. I would also love to see more movies with good elements, in addition to new and good characters.

“Also, I would love to see the African entertainment industry take charge globally, with new African creatives being shown to the world.”

The entertainment entrepreneur also maintained that sexual harassment was not peculiar to women alone in showbiz as men could also be victims. She said, “Anyone can face discrimination anywhere regardless of gender.

“People shouldn’t be forced to do what they don’t want to do (sex) just because someone somewhere has the power to give them something. If you think a person is good and there is room for that person, give them what they deserve. And if you think they are not, tell them to improve if that’s what they want or to find another career path. Sexual harassment is not just perpetrated on the female gender, men also encounter sexual harassment. I think every sexual harasser should be reported and brought to justice.”

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