Senegal: a revolution in collective management!

FIM - International Federation of Musicians announces that the collective management of copyright and related rights will in the future be administered by a civil society and not by an office of the Ministry of Culture, a precedent in West Africa.

On the 17 December 2013, the civil society for collective management concerning authors, performers, producers and publishers in Senegal (GECAPES) held its constitutive General Assembly at Dakar's King Fahd Palace Hotel, which was attended by the Minister of Culture, Mr. Abdoul Aziz Mbaye, who was delighted to see the completion of ten years work. Once the rules have been registered and their approval decree published, GECAPES will replace the Senegalese Copyright Office.

Collective management of copyright and related rights will in the future be administered by a civil society and not by an office of the Ministry of Culture, a precedent in West Africa. GECAPES will be responsible for implementing the provisions of the law of 25 January 2008 which introduces an exception for private copying as well as a complete mechanism for related rights, in particular the right to equitable remuneration for which provision is made in the Rome Convention and WPPT. Just like the setting up of GECAPES, this law is the result of hard work on the part of AMS (a Senegalese member of FIM), which played a leading role at all stages in this process.

Freshly and democratically elected, the Board of Directors includes 36 members divided into 3 colleges: 18 songwriters, 9 performers and 9 producers (music / audiovisual / literary publishers). AMS representatives figure in the list of those elected to the songwriter and performer colleges.

FIM is delighted over this major evolution, -"a quasi-revolution"- and sends its warm encouragement to GECAPES.

FIM

 


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