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Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) has written Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) calling upon the institution to comply with Copyright Act provisions.

The letter dated November 11 2022 and signed by the copyright body’s Executive Director Dora Makwinja, follows the two parties’ meetings over Licencing of Reprographic Reproduction in Educational Institutions Regulations 2021.

Cosoma says the Copyright–Licencing of Reprographic Reproduction in Educational Institutions Regulations 2021, requires educational institutions in the country to have a licence for copyright from copyright the administrator for the reproduction of copyright protected works.

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Cosoma Senior Licencing Officer and Counsel Hillary Chilomba said Tuesday that, as stipulated by law, they engaged the management of the institution on several occasions for them to appreciate the law.

Chilomba said Must does not have a copyright licence and that, having exhausted all the means of engaging with the university, they were seeking nothing but redress through courts of law.

“As it stands now, Must is in breach of Copyright Act and its regulations of non-compliance and, so, we are giving them 14 days from the date of receipt of this letter to comply by signing the agreement which was already provided,” reads the letter in part.

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Cosoma has since indicated that after the expiry of 14 days, it would go ahead to sue Must for non-compliance with statutory requirements.

Chilomba said institutions, media houses and other players who do not comply with the Copyright Act and Regulations will be dealt with.

Must Communications Manager James Mphande Tuesday said they had not yet received the letter.

“We can only comment when we receive the letter but we have been engaging with the copyright body and I once attended one of the meetings,” Mphande said.

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