Authors and composers general assembly held in Windhoek

21 Jul 2016 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - The 2016 International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) regional general assembly took place in Windhoek on Wednesday.
In a statement availed to Nampa after the event, Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) Chief Executive Officer Eino-John Max said the CISAC Africa general assembly is an annual general meeting for executive officials of all Copyright Management Organisations (CMO) on the African continent, with partners from Europe and the Caribbean.
“The aim of this meeting is to take stock of what transpired on the African continent on the administration of creative rights, the fight against piracy as well as its level in each country, the level of violation of creative works and challenges in the cultural and artistic industries.”
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa said in a speech delivered on his behalf many individual artists and institutions that deal with creativity, feel unprotected and exploited under the current legislation. They are also of the opinion that they are not adequately remunerated for their work.
“The current laws do not cover the digital aspect of modern day technology and online piracy has increased drastically. We are depriving someone who creates something to survive from of an income.”
On his part, CISAC’s Director-General Balamine Ouattara said on their own, creators cannot effectively collect royalties from users or protect their interests and rights.
“On their own, they cannot have their rights heard but when they are together, when they are under one roof and when they are united management mechanisms, creators have a stronger voice,” he said.
The general assembly was held in Angola last year.