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Protecting authors and composers rights in Seychelles

Protecting authors and composers rights in Seychelles (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Seychelles Authors and Composers Association have expressed the desire for a society which is well versed in intellectual property and respectful towards all forms of arts. The remarks were made by the chairperson of the SACS Association, David Andre, during the official opening of a one-day workshop on intellectual property at the International Conference Center. The workshop, organized jointly with the Culture Department and the National Arts Council as part of the Arts Festival, which gets underway this coming weekend, has opened up discussions on intellectual property and its dos and don’ts.

In his presentation, SACS member Patrick Joseph explained to the members that the association has been created to protect the authors’ and composers’ intellectual property and safeguard their interests in regards to copyrights and royalties. He explained that composers, producers, and artists have the legal right to protect and ensure that their original creations are not subjected to copyright. Recently, the Seychelles National Assembly amended and approved a bill, which tightens the law on copyrights and firmly penalized the culprits.

One of the success stories of the SACS Association has shown that legal rights have been given to artists whose works have been subjected to copyright. In regards to royalties, the Association has created a data base, which compiled the songs and distributed royalties to its members calculated on 30 percent. Officially opening the workshop, the honorary member of the SACS Association, who is also the Special Advisor to the Minister, Raymonde Onezime, said that the one-day workshop “comes at a moment when Seychelles is gearing up to take full advantage of the situation whereby the potential of culture is being more and more recognized and a reminder that culture development without due consideration for intellectual property is like fighting a lost cause.”

Participants of the workshop, comprised of the Principal Secretary for Culture, Benjamine Rose; the Director General for Culture, Mr. Marcel Rosalie; representatives of the Seychelles Broadcasting Cooperation; officers of the Attorney General’s office; representatives of the Culture Department; SACS members and friends took to the floor to ask questions on intellectual property and the role of the SACS Association. They also listened to a presentation on the BERNE Convention by Mr. Getachou Mengistie Alemu from Ethiopia. Mr. Alemu is a consultant of the Word Intellectual Property Organization, and he is on an official mission in Seychelles for the country’s accession of the World Trade Organization. The BERNE Convention, an international agreement governing copyrights, protects literacy and artistic works. Seychelles’ forthcoming plan is to sign this convention, which internationally reinforces its rights on intellectual property.

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