On 4 February 2016, the President of the Republic of Senegal has signed a decree approving the new multipurpose CMO and RRO “SODAV” (la Sénégalaise du droit d’auteur et des droits voisins), thus enabling it to start operating.
The Copyright Act of Senegal, since its last amendment in 2008, provides for the creation of a private Collective Management Organisation. To this end, SODAV was set up in 2013 by Senegalese rightholders and has since then elected a Board, appointed a Director and fulfilled all the necessary requirements in order to be approved by the President as a final step before being operational. The Board of SODAV has immediately welcomed the approval as a “highly significant and historic act”.
Read an article about the approval of SODAV (in French).