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Copyright Society of Malawi

Established in 1992 under section 41 of the Malawi Copyright Act of 1989.

COSOMA

We are committed to ensure you benefit from your creative work

What We Do

We Protect and Promote
Creativity

Copyright Registration

We are mandated by the Copyright Act to register all sorts of copyright-protected works in Malawi.

Copyright Enforcement

We are mandated by the Copyright Act to enforce copyright and related rights in Malawi.

Copyright Disputes Mediation

Our doors are open to all stakeholders who may want to settle copyright dispute amicably.

Copyright Legal Advise

We provide advice to creators, rightsholders, private and government institutions and the general public.

Training of Rights Holders

We provide trainings on copyright and related rights. We also inform the public on matters relating to copyright and related rights.

Licensing & Distributions

We provide copyright licenses to individuals and companies. We also collect levy on behalf of creative artists and distribute as benefits.

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CAPITAL CITY UNDER COPYRIGHT LAW ENFORCEMENT SIEGEThe Copyright Society of Malawi in Lilongwe has intensified enforcement of Copyright Law for licenses whose period is April 2022- March 2023.Stakeholders targeted by COSOMA are all computer operators dealing in Music selling (Soft copy), those into photocopying of paper related works (Reprographic/Copy Shops) as well as those engaged in Public Performance of Copyright related works like Bars, Lodges and Restaurants. In an interview with this reporter, COSOMA Licensing Manager Mutty Munkhondia said these are normal operations to enforce operators to comply with the Copyright Law and not witch-hunting as some could speculate."It's all about copyright licensing. Let operators comply and let authors of these artistic materials benefit from their talents by enjoying their economical rights," Munkhondia said.Meanwhile COSOMA operations have so far covered Areas 25, 36, 22, 24, 50, Lumbadzi, Kanengo, City Centre, Mgona, Mtandile, Mtsiliza, Senti, Chinsapo, Likuni, Chigwiri, Nanjiri, Nathenje, Kamphata, Nkhoma, Mitundu and Dowa Turn-off.Among notable clients whose entertainment and photocopying gadgets got confiscated for failing to adhere to Copyright Law include Wakawaka Europa Bar, L'sBurg Bar, Ufulu Garden Lodge and several shops in City Centre.According to Copyright Act of 2016, Section 29, exclusive rights in respect of their works are given to creators of creative works. Therefore, using artistic materials without a Copyright License infringes this Section.Meanwhile, all operators in the industry are urged to have a Copyright License from COSOMA if they are to avoid busines inconvenience which comes about with confiscation of their gadgets.Sapulain Chitonde LeeContributor#antipiracy #COSOMA ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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*COSOMA launches Copyright Fund,Minister urges transparency*The long awaited fund to support Arts and Culture in Malawi has been launched in Lilongwe amid concerns that artists are not supported.In her remarks Ms Maureen Masamba, Chairperson of the COSOMA Board said access to funding has been a major challenge faced by players in the copyright and cultural industries. Therefore, the establishment of the Copyright Fund by COSOMA with Government's support is another step towards addressing the same following successful launch of the Arts Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) in 2017. " It is pleasing to note that the operationalization of the Fund is in line with pillar number 3 enabler 5 of the Malawi National Transformation Agenda, 2063 stipulating that the creative industries have a lot of potential to transform the economy from the tourism aspect through job creation and generation of income and foreign exchange. Therefore, the importance of the Copyright Fund cannot be overemphasized as it will be key in addressing strategic issues faced by the creative industries which include production, promotion and marketing of artistic and cultural products and services at both local and international market," Masamba said .Masamba further said COSOMA used to administer the Cultural Support Scheme Project with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. After it came to an end, COSOMA felt it necessary to establish its own fund. It is, therefore, envisaged that the Copyright Fund will provide a committed mechanism for COSOMA to financially support the creative industry in line with its mandate of promoting and protecting creativity.In his remarks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Hon .Dr Michael Usi (Guest of Honor) urged those in authority of the Fund to take the funding to the targeted people and let them benefit from it ."Let the fund have lungs to breathe , let it grow and let people who live in rural areas benefit from it . We have well talented people in the rural areas, let's promote their talent," Usi emphasized . COSOMA Board is confident that through continued collaboration with all stakeholders, the Fund will achieve more by developing even a stronger and robust creative industry.*Sapulain Chitonde Lee*Contributor. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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Copyright Society of Malawi
Off Paul Kagame Road Next to the Malawi Rural Finance Company Office Capital City Lilongwe 3 Malawi
E-mail: cosoma@cosoma.mw
Telephone: +265 1 751 148