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Seminar aims at advancement of copyright in Seychelles

copyrightpsAn ongoing seminar at the National Cultural Centre is aimed at the advancement of copyright and related rights in Seychelles, and it is hoped that its outcome will improve knowledge of those rights among all concerned.

This is what suggested the principal secretary (PS) for culture Benjamine Rose as she officially launched the seminar yesterday morning.

The workshop, which ends today, is being organised with the collaboration of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) which has provided the facilitators.  They are Sonia Cruickshank from Wipo headquarters; Marisella Ouma, a copyright expert from Nairobi; and Dora Makwinja, administrator from the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma).

PS Rose expressed her profound appreciation to Wipo for its continued support and assistance.

She added that the seminar comes at the moment when there is a lot of talking across the world about culture being an important dimension of sustainable development and that we in Seychelles are also taking advantage of the situation and working to unleash the potential of culture in the development of our country.

“For us to succeed in our endeavours, copyright and related rights are extremely crucial,” she insisted, adding that the Copyright Act alone is not sufficient in meeting our objectives.

“We also need to evolve with not just our business methods but our institutions and regulations also need to be flexible enough to allow businesses to adapt by providing adequate protection to creators of works, consumers, producers and distributors,” she said.

This is why she remarked, the culture department is bringing on the table important stakeholders to enlighten them on different aspects of copyright and related rights.

Those attending the two-day seminar include representatives from concerned organisations such as the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC), Fair Trading Commission (FTC), National Arts Council (Nac), Seychelles Licensing Authority (SLA), Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Registry Division, Customs Department, the Police, Seychelles Heritage Foundation (SHF), Seychelles Authors and Composers’ Society (Sacs) as well as entrepreneurs and artists.

Ms Rose urged them to engage in full discussion with the experts during the two days, as she said the seminar has been developed to build awareness and understanding at the national level of the role that copyright and related rights can play not only in business but also in other areas that are vital for the development of a nation.

Theworkshop’s programme is expected tolook at copyright generally and then move to more specific areas, including the need for balance in the application of these rights, the legal framework

Source : Seychelles NATION

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