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TUERK MUSIC TECHNOLOGIES (article first published : 2000-11-6)

This communication deals with a few things that make living in SA unique. Theft, fraud and the new Policing Strategy of South Africa and another big issue - piracy. This is a story that we all can learn from! I have literally just come back from the Randburg Police station after two suspects were arrested this afternoon in possession of stolen KORG Keyboards fraudulently obtained on Thursday afternoon and we had to transfer them to the station where the first docket was opened.

To give you a glimpse at the sad state of police affairs in SA. After we did the investigation through tracking cell phone numbers-taxi drivers, etc we located where the goods were being held through an informer. We were concerned that it may be a trap so we phoned the investigating detective who told us that he had been on nightshift so he had a day off and had no transport. So if we could wait until Monday he could help. Or we could call on a police station on route to the venue where the goods were possibly being kept (Rotunda Station in Downtown-JHB) and ask them if they could assist us. Or we would have to go alone. We ended up going alone. And at the end of the day the good guys won.

The Security Staff noticed our keyboards being loaded into a Taxi at the Rotunda and as they approached the vehicle three suspects ran for it. Two were caught and these were the two being transferred to the Randburg Station. We have repossessed our stock, arrested two suspects who are now in custody.

The Lesson Learnt - Even if you are given an original deposit slip with an original bank stamp from the bank do not accept it. The bank deposit slip - even an original with original bank stamps means DIDDLY SQUAT!! So if you require a investigation team please call Turnkey Investigations and ask for "JOHN" BOND!

PIRACY - and illegal use of software. Either EVERYONE in this industry does things the right way or no-one has the right to complain about piracy, copyright infringement, no royalties or the MP3 revolution. A little birdie whispered in our ear that someone was running 30 odd computers with illegal software on. This was found to be true and the correct bodies were notified -BSA-Microsoft-the principal companies overseas.

The pirate was given two days to remove all illegal software off the computers and to notify us that this was done. The pirate complied. But when you consider the pirate was someone who is meant to set an example in the industry you realise that there is no way piracy will be routed out. All you can do is ENFORCE it. If it had not been for a request that we do things GENTLY this time we would have literally closed down the venue. And the courts would have done the rest.

Rights and royalties in the music industry work as much for musicians, composers etc as it does for the programmers of Steinberg Software, Cakewalk, Soundforge, Logic and so on. If musicians are not able to respect the rights of the software programmers than how can they expect to have their muso rights respected.

So before you shout FOUL next time, please just check your harddrive to make sure you do not have any illegal software . It has got to work every which way if we stand any chance at all. And if you are offered pirated or radium versions , give the guy what he deserves -a kick in the teeth! And then send us his name and telephone no and address for us to follow up!

Confidentiality is the name of the game. We just want the people supplying the pirate software.

Peter Tuerk (http://www.tuerkmusic.co.za)




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