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Artists brainstorm at Cosoma Annual General Meeting

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Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) on Thursday held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Kamuzu Institute for Youth in Lilongwe.

The AGM was patronised by rights holders and individual members, who discussed several issues affecting the creative industry.

Cosoma board member Rudo Mkukupha Chakwera described the AGM as important.

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“It was a fruitful AGM, members discussed several issues. There are actually a number of milestones achieved besides the Copyright Bill,” Chakwera said.

During the AGM, Cosoma Board Chairperson, Charles Sinetre, also presented a report on the developments the copyright body had made.

The report is covering the period from July, 2015 to June 2016.

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Sinetre hailed all Cosoma members for the support and cooperation in promoting and protecting creativity in the country.

“I hope we will continue the togetherness and I would like to commend the government for the support to the creative industry,” he said.

Sinetre said the society had projected to collect all the royalties owed but it is still struggling and this also includes online licensing.

“Other music downloads service providers are being pursued although most of them are changing business models and are therefore concentrating on promoting musical works,” the board chairperson said.

Sinetre said in the report covering the period from July 2015 to June 2016 that despite Cosoma struggling, the society continues to strive to do the best to serve its members’ interest as mandated by the law.

He said the society during this period also registered a number of positive achievements notably the passing of the Copyright Bill 2016, implementing of the Integrated Arts Development Project and continued support from the Korea Funds In Trust programme through the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo).

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