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On 13-15 March 2017 IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères and Cosoma’s Head of the RRO Unit Rosario Kamanga travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to participate in a series of meetings with the Zambian RRO, ZARRSO.
Incorporated in 2010 and a member of IFRRO since then, ZARRSO was set up to administer the reproduction right on behalf of authors and publishers. During the last two years the RRO has successfully signed several licensing agreements (see here and here) and is now busy negotiating more agreements with institutions where copyright-protected works are being copied.
During the first two days the delegation led by Ruth S. Mwenya, CEO of ZARRSO, met with representatives from the Government, the Copyright Office, schools and rightholders, and on the third day two sensitising meetings were organised with private schools and writers unions. Kenneth Musamvu, Registrar of Copyright of Zambia, opened the first meeting and presented the legal framework for collective management, expressing full support to the work done by ZARRSO. Rosario Kamanga (Cosoma) shared experience of developing successful licencing solutions in a neighbouring country, Malawi, and Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères (IFRRO) gave an introduction to copyright and collective management at international level, showing how they benefit users and rightholders alike. Ruth S. Mwenya (ZARRSO) explained with details the objectives of the work carried out by ZARRSO and led vivid debates during which dozens of questions were asked by the participants.
The first results of these seminars are already visible: some private schools have entered into negotiations to sign a licencing agreement with ZARRSO while the writers’ unions have agreed to establish a joint communal secretariat that will be hosted in the premises of the RRO.