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Copyright Society of Malawi

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COSOMA, Copyright Society of Malawi
Off Paul Kagame Road
Next to the Malawi Rural Finance Company Office
Capital City
Lilongwe 3
P.O. Box 30784
Malawi
Phone
+265 1 751 148/ +265 1 752 717
Fax
+265 1 753 018
Website
http://www.cosoma.mw
Chief Executive Name
Ms Dora Makwinja
Chief Executive Title
Executive Director
Chief Executive Phone
+265 99 9 334 758;
Chief Executive Email
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Title
Licensing Manager
Title
Senior Licensing Officer
Phone
+265 999 918 502
Phone
+265 99 9 314 688
Title
Assistant Finance Officer & Head of Finance Department
Phone
+265995613770
Title
Assistant Documentation Officer & Head of Documentation and Distribution Department
History of the organisation
The Copyright Society of Malawi was established in 1992 pursuant to the Section 4 of the Copyright, Act 2016 which repealed the 1989 Act.. Since its establishment, it has licensed broadcasting and performing rights in the area of music. In 1999, it introduced the administration of mechanical rights also in the area of music. In 2000, it started the administration of reprographic rights. The Society now plans to start licensing private copy levy and Public Lending Rights.
Year of incorporation
1992
Year of first distribution
2015
Year of first collection
2003
Total number of Board Members
9
Total number of Author Representatives
1
Total number of Publisher Representatives
1
Remarks about the Board
The Chairman who is supposed to be a member of the Society is elected by the General Assembly and appointed by Government, five representatives of associations elected by the rights holder associations and three ex-officio members elected by the Government representing the Ministry responsible for Culture, Ministry of Justice and the Department of Statutory Corporations.
How are Board Members elected
The Chairperson is elected by the General Assembly. Five members of the board are elected by the rights holders, three representing musicians and two representing all rights holder association. Three are ex-officio members elected by the Government.
Total Number of Member Associations
10
Total Publishers' Associations
1
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
9
Total Rights holders represented
8 333
Remarks about the members
10 Rights holder associations.
and 8333 individual members.
Staff total number
22
Remarks about staff
9 members are involved in the administration of reprography.
DATES OF FINANCIAL YEAR
1st July to 30th June
Type of National legislation
Common Law
Licensing system
Extended Collective Licence
Mandating Rights Holders
10
Types of works licensed
All copyright protected works namely books, pamphlets, poems, visual arts, photographs, lyrics, illustrations etc.
Types of uses licensed
Use of copyright protected works mainly at tertiary institutions, secondary schools.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
Educational institutions such as public and private universities; public and private colleges, technical training college, secondary schools, internet cafes which offer photocopying services and copy shops.
Types of works licensed
All literary and artistic works
Types of uses licensed
Digital downloads
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
Universities, colleges and other training institutions; secondary schools and copy shops
Pilot Projects
Licensing of Private Copy and Public Lending Rights
Public Lending Rights
off
Other areas of licensing
Mechanical rights, Broadcasting and performing rights in the area of music
Distribution methods
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution
Other distribution method
Title-speficic for musical works
% Author/Publisher Split
40/60
Text authors’ % share
70% of the 40%
Publishers' % share
60%
Visual material authors’ % share
30% of 40%
Administration costs as a percentage
30
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made ?
yes
Cultural and social deductions combined as a percentage
10% deducted from licensing of musical works only
Remarks about administrative and other costs
Administrative costs are used to cater for expenses for licensing and other administrative-related matters.
Remarks about cultural an social deductions
The money deducted for this purpose is primarily used to assist music composers in times of sickness and death.The Society contributes a fixed amount of money which was set by the General Assembly towards the members' sickness and death. The money is also used to finance participation of society members at the general assembly.
New developments / legislation
The Copyright Bill,2016 was enacted into a new Copyright Law for Malawi in July, 2016. It has entered into force on 13th March, 2017. The Law among others provides for public lending rights and equipment levy, protection of copyright works in the digital environment, enhanced penal provisions for infringement as well as reproduction for visually impaired persons
New developments / court cases
Mainly in the area of music, one case concerning infringement of books still awaits court's determination.
New developments / surveys and statistics
Conducted the feasibility study and the pilot survey on the extent of photocopying of copyright material and similar reproductions in 2005 and 2006. We have not been able to conduct any since then.
Survey on the Economic contribution of Copyright-Based Industries to the Malawi Economy which showed that 3.46% of the National GDP is from the Copyright-Based Industries.

New developments / licensing
Sensitization meetings on the implementation of the Private Copy system with the Revenue collection body in Malawi. We have also drafted regulations for Public Lending Rights.
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
0
Bilateral agreements type A with
Proposed one with DALRO.
Number of Bilateral agreements type B
6
Bilateral agreements type B with
Kopinor,CADRA, MASA and JAC, ZARSSO, URRO
Remarks about financial data
Reporting period: 1 July 2018 to 30 April 2019
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MWK Malawi
Total amount collected for all licensing
128 573 566.00
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
36 617 316.00
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
36 617 316.00
Amount for schools
0.00
Amount for further education
0.00
Amount for higher education
0.00
Amount for government
0.00
Amount for business
0.00
Amount for other sector(s)
0.00
Levies on equipment and other mediums
0.00
Total amount collected for PLR
0.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
0.00
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
0.00
Total amount distributed from all licensing
19 101 270.50
Total amount distributed from reproduction licensing
19 101 270.50
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
19 101 270.50
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders from reproduction licensing
19 101 270.50
to collecting societies only
0.00
to individual artists only
0.00
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs
0.00
Total amount distributed from PLR
0.00
Administration Charge (actual figure)
38 572 069.80
Name
Mr. Rosario Kamanga
Name
Mr Steve Gangire
Name
Mr Lightwell Kachigamba Benjamin
Name
Mr.Mutty Munkhondia
Other agreements with RROs
CLA and CCC