The Malawi Communications Regulatory Communications Authority (MACRA) and the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure effective monitoring of the local content as utilised by broadcasters in the country and effective loyalties calculation and collection.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Blantyre, MACRA’s Director General Mr. Godfrey Itaye said the importance of the broadcasting and communication sector in Malawi is evidenced by the number of activities that take place in the radio stations, telecentres and media sector.
“It is therefore for this reason that COSOMA requires a vibrant monitoring system to ensure proper collection and distribution of loyalties to players in the industry.
“This can be achieved through enforcement of existing regulations,” Mr. Itaye said.
In her remarks Chief Executive Officer for COSOMA Mrs. Dorah Makwinja said the MOU will simplify the process of collecting data which she said has been a challenge previously.
“We have been having challenged in collecting the right information. The MOU, will enable us to collect right information with the help from MACRA,” Mrs. Makwinja said.
The Copyright Society of Malawi was established under the Copyright Act, Cap 49:03 of the Laws of Malawi to promote the interest of authors, performers, translators, producers of sound recordings, broadcasters, publishers and in particular to collect and distribute any royalties or other remuneration accruing to them in respect of their rights as provided in the Copyright Act. Malawi. On the other hand, MACRA was established under the Communications Act to regulate the communication sector including licensing of broadcasters and ensuring that the broadcasters operate within the parameters set by the law.