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CISAC and ARIPO launch drive for creator rights in Africa


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Information on the size of recorded-music markets in Africa remains hard to come by: even the IFPI only tracks figures for one country (South Africa) in its annual RIN report. However, collecting societies body CISAC is launching a new drive for creator rights in the continent, in partnership with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO).

The pair are planning to work on joint projects on “strengthening copyright, technical exchange, education and training of organisations collecting revenues” according to an announcement this morning.

CISAC’s recent Global Collections Report claimed that its member societies collected $68.6m across Africa in 2016, up 14.9% on the year before, but still only a tiny proportion of global collections.

In 2015, CISAC commissioned a study suggesting that Africa’s creative and cultural industries were worth $58bn, suggesting that there is plenty of value to be unlocked for publishers and songwriters. “Africa has it all in creativity but there is a need to develop and implement strategies to promote and support the growth of creative industries,” said ARIPO boss Fernando dos Santos today.

“More studies on the creative industries’ contribution to the national economy have to be undertaken to assist policy makers to make informed decisions on copyright matters.”

Stuart Dredge

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