Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) invited Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) for meetings to execute a new approach of sensitizing rights holders, and users of copyright protected works about their rights and obligations and the mandate of CMOs in that regard. The new concept was intended to meet these key stakeholders in a not so formal environment to discuss issues of copyright and neighbouring rights and to obtain feedback in a relaxed atmosphere. URSB would also outline its mandate and core activities to further enlighten participants.
As indicated above, the workshop was a massive success and am excited to report to you the following achievements:
1) Over 50 Music artists were willing to assign their rights to UPRS for management.
2) Music artists resolved to work with URSB and UPRS to rid Gulu of music banners so that those in the illegal business can start selling original CDs for the benefit of the rights holders, the sellers and the Government through tax revenue.
3) Willingness of Music Users to comply with the copyright law by acquiring music licenses.
4) Collaboration with URSB and UPRS in making sure that the law is enforced in Gulu at all levels in order to attract more musicians into the fold.
5) We were able to identify principal Music Users in Gulu for a good start.
6) Appreciation of UPRS and its mandate by the Music Users and the recognition by the music artists of the good work done in licensing users to raise some income for them (music artistes) and for fighting infringement and piracy of their works.