As the world prepares to mark World Intellectual Property (IP) Day this Sunday April 26th 2015, this blogger has come across several World IP Day posters from around the continent created to reflect this year’s theme: “Get Up. Stand Up. For Music”. According to the map of World Intellectual Property Day 2015 Events by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are only sixteen (16) confirmed World IP events being held in ten (10) countries across the continent. This blogger reckons that this represents a low turn-out by IP stakeholders across Africa’s fifty four (54) states given this year’s World IP Day theme and the importance of World IP Day activities and events for awareness creation and public sensitisation.
CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, works towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights. CISAC was founded in 1926 and is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Its headquarters are in Paris, with regional offices in Budapest, Santiago de Chile, Johannesburg and Singapore.
CISAC now reports that Mr. Balamine Ouattara has joined CISAC Secretariat as the new Regional Director for Africa. Ouattara has previously served on the CISAC Board, the CISAC African Regional Committee and at the helm of the Bureau Burkinabé du Droit d’Auteur (BBDA).
Ouattara’s goal is to establish the new CISAC Regional Office with a transfer from Johannesburg, South Africa (where his predecessor Mr. Robert Hooijer was based) to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In his new role, he will cover 35 Member Societies operating in Africa, including the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) and is going to work toward the creation and implementation of new offices in Africa.
Félicitations M. Ouattara pour sa nomination au poste de Directeur des affaires Africaines à la Confédération internationale des sociétés d’auteurs et compositeurs (CISAC)!
In his first official message to the Heads of African Copyright Societies, Ouattara says in part:
As you know by the message of Mr. Olivier Hinnewinkel, General Manager of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) I am honored to assume function of Africa Regional Director of CISAC (ARD/CISAC), since March 1, 2013. I therefore replace to this position, Mr. Robert Hooijer to whom I pay tribute for the enormous contribution he brought to Africa for the development of the sector of literary and artistic property. On behalf of all, I say to him thanks again.
I arrive to this important post when Africa of copyright and collective management is faced with huge challenges, including those relating to rising of its perception rate (0.6% of the the global collect), the narrowness of its market of copyright in the global space and the need to improve the functionality of its network of Collecting Societies are not slightest.
However, I keep with you, the hope the possibility of emergence of a true African Copyright and Collective Management. To do this we need more vision, organization, boldness, conviction and commitment. These qualities, we have it all and even more in terms of capacity and potentialities. That is why I remain convinced and optimistic that with the help of each of you, we will advance more African of copyright and collective management.”