Burkina Faso: journalists and press publishers to start receiving collective licensing revenues

On 27 November, BBDA, IFRRO’s RRO member in Burkina Faso, announced that journalists, press publishers and press agencies would soon start to receive revenues stemming from the secondary uses of their works.

Walib Bara, the Director General of BBDA, referred in his opening remarks to the “Law 032-99/AN on the protection of literary and artistic property and the rules of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) that provide a framework for the management of reprographic reproduction rights, which comfort BBDA in this new endeavour.” BBDA is currently putting in place the distribution system that will allow authors and publishers from the press sector to receive a share from the reprography revenues, starting in August 2020.

Chantal Forgo, Head of Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at BBDA, highlighted that this distribution to journalists and press publishers will be a first in West Africa. Reprography revenues have been collected and distributed since 2010 but until now, authors and publishers from the book sector were the only beneficiaries.

Upon receiving the news, Caroline Morgan, Chief Executive and Secretary General of IFRRO, congratulated BBDA on this initiative. “Journalists and press publishers form an integral part of the collective management system, their works are heavily copied and used, and IFRRO encourages them to become more involved in the work of RROs”.

The conference was well attended by media and journalists. For further information, see herehere and here (all in French).