Bootleg copies of the ‘Jamaican Mafia’ have already hit the streets of Jamaica. The Media Team was able to acquire one in downtown Kingston. It shows that bootleggers see the value in a movie that has set tongues wagging since it premiered late last month at the Carib 5. Bootleg CDs are being sold for $100.
Efforts to get a comment from executive producer Orville Matherson proved futile. Jamaica has always had a spotty relationship with Hollywood over the unauthorised selling of copyrighted materials. With the advent of the computer, it has become much easier to access information so much so that copyright issues are overlooked by consumers.
Those selling the copied materials also don’t see any problems with selling these copied materials. They tend to claim that their entrepreneurial spirit should not be attacked as they are providing a service to consumers.
The premiere of Jamaican Mafia, which was held in late November, was a decided success. Matherson, in an interview a week ago, said he is confident that he will be able to reach an agreement with Palace Amusement Company Ltd to make the film available to the general public, given the overwhelming support the film got in its premiere.
“We are still in talks with Carib 5, it is really up to them to sign off on it. It is clear that there is an overwhelming demand to see the film.People were so determined to see the movie that even when they did not get a seat, they stood in the aisles and watched from there. It was just amazing,” Matherson said.