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
Phone: +265 1 751 148/ +265 1 752 717
Fax: +265 1 753 018

Chief Executive:
Executive Director: Ms Dora Makwinja
Chief Executive Phone: +265 99 9 334 758;
Chief Executive Email:

Licensing Manager: Mr.Mutty Munkhondia
Phone: +265 999 918 502
Senior Licensing Officer: Mr. Rosario Kamanga
Phone: +265 99 9 314 688
Assistant Finance Officer & Head of Finance Department: Mr Steve Gangire
Phone: +265995613770
Assistant Documentation Officer & Head of Documentation and Distribution Department: Mr Lightwell Kachigamba Benjamin

Year of first distribution: 2015

Composition of Board:
Total number of Board Members: 9
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. Three are ex-officio members elected by the Government.
Total number of Author Representatives: 1
Total number of Publisher Representatives: 1

Total number of Member Associations: 10
Total Publishers' Associations: 1
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations: 9
Total Rights holders represented: 8333
Remarks about the members: 10 Rights holder associations. and 8333 individual members.

DATES OF FINANCIAL YEAR 1st July to 30th June

Type of National legislation :
Civil law: No
Common law: Yes

Licensing system:
Extended Collective Licence
Mandating rights holders:

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 institutions, secondary schools.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed: Educational institutions such as public and private universities; public and private colleges, technical training college, secondary schools, internet cafes which offer photocopying services and copy shops.

Digital Licences
Types of works licensed: All literary and artistic works
Types of uses licensed (including, where applicable, course packs,
document delivery and storage): Digital downloads
Types of institutions/sectors licensed: Universities, colleges and other training institutions; secondary schools and copy shops
Pilot Projects: Licensing of Private Copy and Public Lending Rights

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

Title-specific distribution: No
Non title-specific distribution: No
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution: Yes
Full reporting: No
Sampling: No
Statistical surveys: No
Objective availability: No
Possibility to be copied: No
Other distribution method: Title-speficic for musical works

Number of Bilateral agreements type A: 0
Bilateral agreements type A with: Proposed one with DALRO.
Number of Bilateral agreements type B: 6
Bilateral agreements type B with: Kopinor,CADRA, MASA and JAC, ZARSSO, URRO
Other agreements with RROs: CLA and CCC


Total amount collected for all licensing:
MWK 128,573,566.00 (+/- EUR 155,377.41)

Total amount collected for reproduction licensing:
MWK 36,617,316.00 (+/- EUR 44,250.96)

Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing:
MWK 36,617,316.00 (+/- EUR 44,250.96)

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

Total amount distributed to national rightsholders:
MWK 19,101,270.50 (+/- EUR 23,083.33)

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

Total amount distributed from all licensing:
MWK 19,101,270.50 (+/- EUR 23,083.33)

The exchange rate of 1 January 2019 was applied, being EUR 1= 827.4920 MWK