New Perspectives in Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights in Africa

L-R: Sharon Chahale, June Gachui, Maurice Okoth, Marisella Ouma, Angela Ndambuki.

L-R: Sharon Chahale, June Gachui, Maurice Okoth, Marisella Ouma, Angela Ndambuki.

A Sub-Regional Workshop dubbed “New Perspectives in Collective Management” was held recently at the Headquarters of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The workshop jointly organized by ARIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE) in corporation with the Confederation of International Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC) and the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO), had in attendance heads of Copyright offices, Commissions and Collective Management Organizations from several countries including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Botswana, Sudan etc.

At the end of Workshop, the participants agreed, that:

“Management of rights can only bear fruits when sound conditions exist in the marketplace. It is vital that effective enforcement measures and licensing of rights take place simultaneously, both targeting at the same goal – the livelihood of creators and performing artists and sound creative industries.” – Harare Resolution, November 2012.

IPKenya has found several interesting presentations that may be of interest:

“Challenges to the legislative Framework and Norm setting in the Digital Environment” – by Dr. Marisella Ouma, KECOBO.

“Management of Rights in Musical Works – How to Build it from Bottom Up” – Maurice Okoth, MCSK.

“Management of Performers’ and Phonogram Producers’ Rights – the Case Study of Kenya” – June Gachui, KAMP.

“Compulsory licencing – An idea whose time has come?” by Tsitsi Mariwo

“Developing Management of Rights in Visual Works – What are the pre-requisites?” – Mats Lindberg, BUS – Sweden.