In November 2019 the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE) organized its second two-week training program in Asia, with the attendance of participants from 11 countries in the region and the participation of the Chair of the Asia Pacific Committee, Sarah Tran (Copyright Agency).Participants and experts ©NORCODE
The training was organised in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the University of Agder, and with the assistance of IFRRO, CISAC, IFPI, SCAPR and the WIPO Academy. Participants came from Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and included representatives from IFRRO’s members IRRO, FILCOLS and VIETRRO.
IFRRO, at the invitation of NORCODE’s Managing Director Ingel Dirdal and the Training’s Moderator Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, joined the program. Sarah Tran, Chair of IFRRO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Committee, presented on analogue and digital licensing, on the one hand, and documentation and distribution, on the other, in the text and image sector; she then focused on IFRRO’s priorities in the Asia-Pacific region and on the establishment of a Dispute Resolution Process. She also led group discussions on specific reprography subjects. Mr. Hoang Long Huy, Head of Cultural Industry Management of Vietnam, provided an overview on copyright and the functioning of collective management in Vietnam.
Following closure of the onsite training session in Hanoi, participants agreed on an action plan aiming to “share expertise and knowledge among themselves through the use of relevant online platforms”, “collaborate with relevant international organizations to increase their knowledge and expertise in their fields of expertise”, and explore “opportunities and challenges in joint licensing operations among CMOs managing rights in musical works, sound recordings and performances”.
IFRRO will continue working with NORCODE and with its participants, in particular with those that have chosen study projects in the field of reprography.