The Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have signed a bilateral agreement.
Photograph: Amos Kwadzanji
The development will see particular benefits for COSOMA, who add CLA’s large number of titles published in the UK to their already broad repertoire of published books, magazines, journals and music titles. COSOMA becomes only the second African collective management organisation (CMO) to sign such an agreement with CLA; recognition of its commitment to pursuing compliance among its licensees.
The signing of the agreement was celebrated by a reception hosted at the Residence of His Excellency Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner to Malawi. The event was attended by guests including representatives from the Malawian Government, IFRRO directors and CEO and attendees of the IFRRO African Development Committee meeting , which also took place in Lilongwe at that time.
Kevin Fitzgerald CMG, Chief Executive of CLA, said of the agreement:
“CLA is very pleased to be signing the bilateral agreement with COSOMA. We are hopeful that this will prove to be a catalyst into developing relationships across Africa, improving the economic and educational outlook across the continent.”