National seminar on collective management of rights in Tirana, Albania

On 11 December 2017 IFRRO joined WIPO, the Ministry of Culture of Albania, and international federations ​CISAC, IFPI, SAA and SCAPR for a national seminar on collective management of rights.albania-tirana-photo.jpg
The CISAC, SAA, SCAPR, IFPI and IFRRO representatives ©Adnan Beci

The event that took place in Tirana was opened by Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture of Albania, followed with speeches by Edmond Ahmeti (Ministry of Culture of Albania) and Anita Huss (WIPO), with an overall supervision of the seminar by the Ministry of Culture’s Sonila Meka.
During the seminar, the newly adopted (2016) Copyright Act of Albania was analysed by national and international experts, and the question of setting up a one-stop-shop – a joint licensing agency or collector responsible for collecting royalties on behalf of all CMOs – was more specifically addressed, with Professor Romana Matanovac Vučković explaining the benefits of choosing this system.
Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, IFRRO’s Manager for Policy and Regional Development, represented IFRRO at this seminar and he welcomed the legal provisions in the new Copyright Act that should enable local authors and publishers to receive remuneration for secondary uses of their works. This includes an equipment levy system for text and image rightholders and an operator fee, the artist resale right, public lending right and provisions enabling authors and publishers alike to be remunerated. 
Whilst there is no RRO as of today in Albania, this legal basis should offer the possibility to set up one in the near future and IFRRO will continue working with local authors and publishers so that a RRO can soon become a reality.