Copyright Society of Malawi

COSOMA, Copyright Society of Malawi

Off Paul Kagame Road
Next to the Malawi Rural Finance Company Office
Capital City
Lilongwe 3
P.O. Box 30784
Malawi
Phone: +265 1 751 148/ +265 1 752 717
Fax: +265 1 753 018
Email: cosoma@cosoma.org
web: http://www.cosoma.org

Chief Executive:
Acting Executive Director : Ms Dora Makwinja
Chief Executive Phone : +265 99 9 334 758; +265 1 208 634
Chief Executive Email : dmakwinja@cosoma.org

KEY REPRESENTATIVES
Licensing Manager : Mr.Mutty Munkhondia
E-Mail : mmunkhondia@cosoma.org
Phone : +265 999 918 502
Senior Licensing Officer : Mr. Rosario Kamanga
E-Mail : rkamanga@cosoma.org
Phone : +265 99 9 314 688
Assistant Finance Officer & Acting Head of Finance : Mr. Rex Njobvu
E-Mail : rnjobvu@cosoma.org
Phone : +265 99 9 364 339

HISTORY OF ORGANISATION
History of the organisation : The Copyright Society of Malawi was established in 1992 pursuant to the Section 41 of the Copyright, Act 1989. Since its establishment, it has licensed broadcasting and performing rights in the area of music. In 1999, it introduced the administration of mechanical rights also in the area of music. In 2000, it started the administration of reprographic rights.
Year of incorporation : 1992
Year of first collection : 2003

ORGANISATION
Composition of Board
Total number of Board Members : 8
How are Board Members elected : The Chairperson is elected by the General Assembly. Five members of the board are elected by the rights holders, three representing musicians and two representing all rights holder association. Two are ex-officio members elected by the Government.
Total number of Author Representatives :2
Total number of Publisher Representatives :2
Remarks about the Board : The Chairman who is supposed to be a member of the Society is elected by the General Assembly and appointed by Government, five representatives of associations elected by the rights holder associations and two ex-officio members elected by the Government.

Members:
Total number of Member Associations : 7
Total Publishers' Associations :1
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations:6
Total Rights holders represented : 5500
Remarks about the members : 10 Rights holder associations. and 5000 individual members.

DATES OF FINANCIAL YEAR 1st July to 30th June

MODEL OF RRO OPERATION

Type of National legislation :

Civil law : No
Common law : Yes

Licensing system:
Extended Collective Licence
Mandating rights holders :
8

LICENCES
Reprographic licences
Types of works licensed : All copyright protected works namely books, pamphlets, poems, visual arts, photographs, lyrics, illustrations etc.
Types of uses licensed (including, where applicable, course packs, document delivery): Use of copyright protected works mainly at tertiary instutions.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed : Educational institutions such as public and private universities; public and private colleges, technical training college, internet cafe which offer photocopying services and copy shops.


Other Licences
Public Lending Rights : No
Other areas of licensing : Mechanical rights, Broadcasting and performing rights in the area of music

DISTRIBUTION
Title-specific distribution : No
Non title-specific distribution : Yes
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution : No
Full reporting : No
Sampling : No
Statistical surveys : No
Objective availability : No
Possibility to be copied : No


AGREEMENTS
Number of Bilateral agreements type B : 4
Bilateral agreements type B with : Kopinor,CADRA, MASA and JAC.

FINANCIAL DATA


Total amount collected for all licensing :
MWK 68,773,857.00 (+/- EUR 158,356.74)

Total amount collected for reproduction licensing :
MWK 9,532,739.00 (+/- EUR 21,949.82)

Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing :
MWK 9,532,739.00 (+/- EUR 21,949.82)

Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide :
MWK 0.00 (+/- EUR 0.00)

Total amount distributed to national rightsholders :
MWK 38,513,360.00 (+/- EUR 88,679.77)

Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs :
MWK 0.00 (+/- EUR 0.00)

Total amount distributed from all licensing :
MWK 47,826,700.00 (+/- EUR 110,124.41)


The exchange rate of 1 January 2013 was applied, being EUR 1= 434.2970 MWK