Participants in the workshop © Koffi James
The new copyright law of Côte d’Ivoire, enacted in July 2016, has established a legal basis for the collective management of rights in the text and image sector in Côte d’Ivoire in the form of a levy system. BURIDA, the Ivorian RRO in membership of IFRRO, is preparing to start administering the levy system: this will be possible once the necessary implementation decrees have been adopted by the Government. The participation and involvement of authors and publishers, in particular through joining the RRO, is crucial to the success of this project. IFRRO has worked with BURIDA for many years and supported last year a sensitising seminar towards publishers that saw local publishers discussing the collective management of their rights.
In the same spirit of close cooperation between BURIDA, rightholders associations and IFRRO, the RRO organised on 22 September 2017 in Abidjan a sensitising workshop towards authors with the support of the Association des Ecrivains de Côte d’Ivoire (AECI, the Côte d’Ivoire Writers Association) and IFRRO. Around 50 writers and their representative organisations (AECI and AJECI) attended the workshop. The event started with opening speeches by Irène Vieira, Director General of the RRO, Macaire Etty, President of AECI, Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, IFRRO’s Policy Advisor, and Paul Marie Koffi Kossonou from the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie. The meeting continued with presentations on collective management, copyright, and the role of writers’ associations made by international and local experts, including Dr. Madia Fadiga (Universities of Korhogo and Poitiers), BURIDA’s Head of the Development Strategies Department Kevin Koffi and Professor Joseph Fometeu (University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon). A presentation of the work done by the International Authors Forum (IAF) was also made and IAF materials shared with the two writers associations and the representative of the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie.
At the end of the event and after a lively discussion involving questions and comments, the writers present expressed their satisfaction and their eagerness to see an effective collective management of their rights put in place very soon.