The IFRRO community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rosario Kamanga, Senior Licensing Officer at the Copyright Society of Malawi, COSOMA. Rosario managed reprography for COSOMA, the Malawian CMO. He was also an integral member of the IFRRO community.
In addition to his work at COSOMA, Rosario was active in promoting collective licensing in Africa and around the world. He mentored a number of RROs in Africa, such as ZARRSO in Zambia, and he did so with absolute commitment and a motivation that we all admired. In 2017, he represented IFRRO at a WIPO seminar in Zanzibar, an outcome of which was that the CMO in Zanzibar decided to become involved in reprography licensing. In 2018, he participated in a successful ARIPO-WIPO mission to establish a CMO in the Gambia. He was a tutor and mentor for many as a result of the IFRRO, Kopinor and WIPO activities that he engaged in.
The successful implementation of a private copying levy system in Malawi in 2019 and the preparatory work to introduce a public lending right – the first country in Africa to do so – were led by Rosario, and in September last year he spoke about these achievements at the Public Lending Right International Conference in London.
Six weeks ago, Rosario was interviewed by the BBC where he discussed the impact of new technologies on the music industry and the fight against piracy.
A core member of IFRRO’s African Development Committee and of the CMO community at large, Rosario was a friend to many, who appreciated his warmth, humanity, commitment, and dry humour. He will be sadly missed. IFRRO, on behalf of its members, offers our deepest condolences to his wife, his three children, to the CEO of COSOMA, Dora Makwinja, and to his colleagues and friends.
If you knew Rosario and would like to make a contribution to support his family, please contact the IFRRO Secretariat.