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REPRONIG Participates in Seminar on Private Copy Levy

The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) was one of the 16 collective management organizations that met recently in Dakar, Senegal to deliberate on the aspect of the private copy levy scheme.

The Seminar, which held from September 11 to 13, 2018 was organized by the CISAC with support from the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Also partnering were the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO) the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). The Chief host was the Senegalese Ministry of Culture.

Presentations at the Seminar focused on the benefits of the private copy levy scheme as assertional source of revenue for right holders and for the benefit of the creative industries. According to the 2017 CISAC Global Collections Report, the levy has not been implemented in many countries with Africa representing only 2% of the global private copying collections.

Declaring the Seminar open, the Senegalese Minister of Culture, Abdou Latif Coulibaly, urged participants to come up with suggestions on the framework and modalities for enacting and implementing private copy levy in the different countries of the region.

At the close of the Seminar, participants developed a roadmap indicating their commitment to the objectives of the private copy levy. Speaking for Nigeria, the Director General of REPRONIG gave an assurance that all the collective management organisation in Nigeria are committed to the early implementation of the Copyright (Levy on Materials) Order which was made in 2012 but is yet to be operationalised.

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