Between 5th and 7th of November 2014, the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in conjunction with the Norwegian Development Cooperation Association (NORCODE) have organised a workshop at ARIPO’s Headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. The theme of the workshop is “Advancing Collective Management in Africa”, organised in cooperation with International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Among the topics to be discussed at the workshop are: Current Status of National Collective Management Organizations in the Region, Good Practices in Transparency, Accountability and Governance, Effective licensing in various sectors, Private Copying Remuneration, Critical Success Factors in Collective Management, Perceived Challenges in Copyright and Collective Management and Joint Strategies for the Future.
On the first day of the workshop, a special event was held namely the unveiling of Dr. Ulrich Uchtenhagen’s sculpture presided over by the ARIPO Director General Mr. Fernando Dos Santos and His Excellency the Ambasador of Switzerland to Zimbabwe, Mr Luciano LAVIZZARI. Below are some pictures from the unveiling:
As many readers may know, Dr. Walter Ulrich Uchtenhagen is recognised worldwide for the contributions he made to the establishment of collective management organisations (CMOs). In the African context, Uchtenhagen is praised for his endeavours to strengthen copyright and related rights in ARIPO Member States and in Africa as a whole. Dr Uchtenhagen, a Swiss national and a consultant at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the field of copyright for many years, died on January 31, 2003 as a result of injuries sustained in a road accident near Rusape in Zimbabwe. He was on his way to Bvumba, Mutare to conduct a training course on copyright and related rights for the staff of the Secretariat of ARIPO.
In his seminal posthumous WIPO publication, “The Setting-up of New Copyright Societies – Some Experiences and Reflexions”, Uchtenhagen starts with the following poignant remarks:
“The collective management of author’s rights is a profession that demands basic legal training, administrative capabilities, a well-founded knowledge of tariffs, the basic principles governing the collection of royalties (or remuneration for use of works), documentation, distribution, accounting and payments, data processing and social welfare. Anyone who sets about establishing a copyright society without having the necessary professional training runs the risk of rapidly running it aground as it would be a venture managed by an amateur. And since such problems frequently occur, it is important to point out that the successful establishment of a copyright society depends essentially on the professional training of its manager and of its staff.”