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Copyright Fund launch September 20

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After finishing its sensitisation campaign in the three cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu, Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) will launch the Copyright Fund at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on September 20 2022.

Fund Manager Blessings Botha said Thursday Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi will launch the Copyright Fund which will enable the creative sector to access funding.

“We received overwhelming responses during the awareness meetings and creatives are looking forward to access funding. After the launch, we will call for proposals. This Cultural Fund is open to everyone and it is not political. Everything done will be transparent,” Botha said.

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He said they have invited different stakeholders to be part of the launch.

The Copyright Fund is a government initiative aimed at investing in the growth of copyright industries.

Cosoma Licensing Manager Mutty Munkhondia said recently that they used to administer on behalf of Norwegian Embassy Cultural Support Scheme from 2005 to 2017 which was mainly for capacity building for right holder associations but its phasing out led to the creation of Copyright Fund.

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“We took advantage of the review of Copyright Act in 2016. So, Section 98 of the Copyright Act of 2016 established the Copyright Fund,” Munkhondia said.

He said the objectives of the Fund include enforcement of copyright law, promotion and improvement of creativity and artistic skills, civic education and promotion and preservation of works which depict a cultural identity of Malawi.

Financing of the fund is through levies on among others performances, sound recordings, broadcasts and typographic arrangements, importing, manufacturing or placing of devices for digital storage materials on the market (private copy).

Malawi Union of Academic and Non-Fiction Authors President Ron Muphuwa has since described the fund as a timely intervention in efforts to grow the creative and cultural sector in the country.

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