CISAC, IFRRO, SODAV and WIPO united to support private copying and reprography in Africa

On 17 and 18 December 2019, CISAC, IFRRO, SODAV and WIPO co-organised a regional seminar on the remuneration for private copying and reprography. Senegalese creator Youssou N’Dour was present at the opening ceremony and expressed his full support to the initiative. photo-senegal_2019.jpgThe participants in the regional seminar © SODAV

Building on the programme of cooperation that was launched in Dakar in September 2018, the partner organisations met with 15 CMOs from North, West and Central Africa. The main purpose of the programme is to achieve a proper implementation of the private copying and reprography remuneration to the benefit of artists, writers, publishers and other rightsholders.

In Africa the situation differs from one country to another: in Burkina Faso, both private copying and reprography remuneration have been implemented, while in Morocco, only private copying is in place, and in Mali and Senegal, the legislation is there but the collection of remuneration has not started. Nevertheless, all countries face similar challenges in implementing or keeping these systems up to date. The recent successful implementation of such remuneration in Malawi shows the incredible potential of private copying and reprography to better remunerate authors and publishers.

A major outcome of the seminar is the creation of a Steering Group to monitor the implementation of the private copying and reprography remuneration at regional level. The Steering Group consists of CISAC, ECOWAS, IFRRO, UEMOA, WIPO, together with two CMOs from the region.

The two-day seminar was followed by a one-day coordination meeting for the CDIP project to strenghten the musical sector in Burkina Faso and other countries of the UEMOA region, and by a one-day subregional roundtable on the infrastructure for collective management at which IFRRO made a presentation.