IFRRO participates in Norcode Regional Training Program for Asia

The Norwegian Copyright Development Association (Norcode) regularly organises training programs for representatives of CMOs and Copyright Offices in different regions.copyright-1.jpg
Some of the participants in the training ©Nabin Babu Gurung, Street Nepal

In June, IFRRO, at the invitation of Norcode’s Managing Director Inger Dirdal and the Training’s Moderator Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, joined 18 participants from 10 Asian countries at the beginning of June for the first regional training for Asia that took place in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The program was organised in cooperation with the WIPO Academy, with the assistance of international federations IFRRO, CISAC and IFPI, and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Agder. Participants came from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and included representatives of IFRRO’s members VIETRRO (Chi Khanh Hoang), PRCI (Nova Rasdiana) and from Thailand’s publishing house Silkworm Books (Kamolpaj Tosinthiti).

IFRRO’s Manager for Policy and Regional Development Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères participated in the Training as a Resource Person. He made a number of presentations on IFRRO’s priorities in Asia, the principles for the collective management of reprography, and he led a group session dedicated to RROs, during which practical issues such as collecting mandates, obtaining copying records, developing distribution rules and preparing for licensing negotiations were discussed.

A study visit to the premises of the Music Royalty Collection Society of Nepal (MRCSN) was organised where a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three music CMOs of Nepal was presented to the participants, an important achievement to facilitate collective licensing of music. At the end of the program the participants adopted a Resolution highlighting the major problem posed by piracy and the importance of government action to fight it and to assist rightholders to develop adequate licensing solutions.

An article about the Training published in Street Nepal can be found here.