The IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee met in Singapore on 25 and 26 April, hosted by CLASS, IFRRO’s member in Singapore. ©CLASS
There were 30 attendees at the meeting, drawn from 13 IFRRO member organisations and including observers from both Thailand and Myanmar, countries where rightsholders are very interested in establishing RROs. Myanmar for example, has recently adopted a new Copyright Act, and is working on regulations for collective management organisations.
The meeting was opened by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education. He spoke about the importance of creators of IP having confidence that what they produce is protected, and his view that IP rights including copyright will become more important in the future as society grapples with issues such as climate change and overpopulation. He reiterated Singapore’s commitment to a balanced and fair copyright system.
Mr Chandra Darusman, Deputy Director of the WIPO Singapore Office, also participated in the meeting and made a presentation on current WIPO activities including the action plans and regional seminars on exceptions and limitations.
As well as National Reports, matters discussed at the meeting included licensing innovations in the region, including the new compulsory multi repertoire licence for education in Japan, and a panel discussions on government engagement and lobbying.
Later the same evening, the delegates enjoyed a cable-car ride across the harbour from the Sentosa island resort to Mount Faber peak where they had a Singaporean-styled alfresco dinner in the company of CLASS directors, Alban Kang, Anil Chandy and Chua Hong Koon.