From 19 – 23 March, WIPO and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), conducted a Seminar on Copyright and Collective Management in Seoul,
for representatives from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Mongolia. The fifteen representatives, who were either engaged in their national Government intellectual property departments or are staff of domestic CMOs, learned about the operations and achievements of collective management organizations in South Korea.
On behalf of IFRRO, Paul Wee, CEO of CLASS, shared with the delegates the work of IFRRO and the relationships amongst RROs, the various aspects of collective management for text and imaged-based works. As part of the programme, the delegates visited various Korean CMOs including IFRRO’s RRO Korean member, KORRA, where they heard about licensing and distribution of royalties. They also learned about KOSA, Creator member of IFRRO, and the work the organisation is doing for the benefit of Korean authors.
During one of the sessions, Ms Anita Huss, Counsellor for WIPO’s Copyright Infrastructure Division, Copyright & Creative Industries Sector, presented the final draft of the WIPO Good Practice Toolkit for CMOs to all participants, which after receiving feedback from CMOs around the world, will be published in July. Ms Huss said that WIPO also plans to conduct governance training courses at the end of this year and in early 2019.
Among the conclusions of the seminar is that it appears that RROs or CMOs for text and image-based works are needed in the three Southeast Asian countries, especially in Myanmar and Mongolia due to the growing interests in copyright there. WIPO will follow up by sending industry experts to the three countries to facilitate further development of the CMOs already active there.