Regional seminar on private copying and reprography remuneration organised by IFRRO, CISAC and WIPO

On 11 to 13 September, IFRRO, CISAC and WIPO organised a regional seminar on private copying and reprography remuneration in Dakar, Senegal. The event was supported by the Francophonie Organisation, hosted by SODAV, the Senegalese CMO in membership of IFRRO, and placed under the high patronage of the Ministry of Culture of Senegal.

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All participants and speakers in the regional seminar

The regional seminar had two main objectives: to encourage national and regional authorities to put private copying and reprography remuneration on top of their agenda for cultural policies, and to discuss the practical implementation of this remuneration in West and Central Africa. Participants came from Collective Management Organisations in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, the Gambia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia. ARIPO and regional economic and political organisations ECOWAS and UEMOA were also in attendance.

The Minister of Culture of Senegal, HE Abdou Latif Coulibaly, opened the seminar on the first day. A writer and journalist himself, he expressed his full support to a quick and effective implementation of private copying and reprography remuneration in Senegal and in the region. Opening remarks were also shared by WIPO’s Carole Croella, CISAC’s Samuel Sangwa, Counsellor to the Minister of Culture Aziz Dieng, and by IFRRO’s Manager for Policy and Regional Development, Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères.

Later on, Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères made a presentation about the specificities of reprography levies together with Chantal Forgo from the Bureau Burkinabè du Droit d’Auteur (BBDA) who explained how these levies are implemented in Burkina Faso. John Asein (Repronig, Nigeria) shared an overview of the international legal framework for copyright levies.

After a successful and intensive three days of work, the seminar came to an end with the drafting of Action Plans to implement copyright levies in each country and within a defined timeframe. Regional organisations ECOWAS, UEMOA and ARIPO also made the commitment to support this implementation through directives and activities. The ultimate aim of copyright levies is to nurture creativity and support culture and this was not forgotten by the Senegalese hosts who, through a musical evening on Dakar’s Place du Souvenir Africain and the gift of Senegalese books to the participants, ensured that everyone enjoyed the rich cultural heritage of Senegal.

The seminar was widely covered in the press and on Government websites: see articles here, here, here and here in French, here in Portuguese, here and here in English.

Aside from the seminar, IFRRO’s representative met on the 13th of September with Louis Thomasi, Regional Director for Africa of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). They discussed how to strengthen the cooperation between IFRRO and IFJ on the continent.

On the 14th of September IFRRO’s representative had a working session at SODAV with the Director General, Aly Bathily, the Head of the Committee for Reprography, Moustapha Ndéné Ndiaye, and the Head of Legal, Jacqueline Ndiaye. They agreed the next steps to implement the collective management of reprography with two main issues to tackle: the collection of mandates from authors and publishers and the finalisation of an implementation decree for reprography levies and educational licensing.

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Meeting at SODAV. Left to right: Ms Ndiaye, Mr Ndiaye, Mr Lesburguères and Mr Bathily