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On 14th February 2020, CISAC director (African Region) Mr. Sam Sangwa engaged with the National Association of Broadcasters ( NAB) to discuss about the improvement of compliance by the broadcasters.
CISAC Director visit to UPRS
On 13th-February -2020 UPRS hosted the Director CISAC, African Region Mr. Sam Sangwa from Rwanda who engaged with the Board members and staff about music copyright and benefits of a CMO to the rights holders.
UPRS BOARD MEETING CLOSING YEAR 2019:
On 4th December 2019, a meeting was held at UPRS offices which involved the Board of Directors and UPRS Caretakers.
During this meeting, accountability was given from the date (August 2019) URSB entrusted Caretakers
With UPRS management to date (December 2019).
On top of that the Board of Directors were encouraged to attract more music right holders to join UPRS as it will add more value to UPRS as well as them benefiting from their creativity.
On Friday 30th August 2019 UPRS held a workshop for Western Music Artists of at Oxford Inn Conventional Center, Mbarara. This workshop was attended by over 100 music artists and the purpose was to create awareness copyright and CMOs. The Chief Guest was re-known musician Mr. Daniel Kazibwe(Ragga Dee) who represented Maj. Gen. Elly Kayanja. The Chief Guest called for Unity among the music artists and advised them to start a SACCO to enable government to extent support to them. The Chief Guest further encouraged them to join UPRS for ease of collective management of their works. He thanked URSB for the efforts towards re-organizing UPRS and sponsoring all workshops so far. URSB encouraged the participants to register their works and their businesses.
Musicians are more united and more interested in protecting their work and they appreciated URSB for the support.
MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAW ENFORCEMENT
On the 14th day of August 2019, Copyright inspectors in collaboration with the police, URSB, and UPRS started operations invading all premises / music users that have not complied with the Copyright Law.
The Team visited Bars (users) around Kireka and surrounding areas. These users included New Victoria Club, Linda Bar, 4matic and Totez among others. All the aforementioned bars are users of copyrighted music but have since deliberate declined to pay the requisite license fees.
The Law gives UPRS the mandate to outer and seize any equipment being used to breach the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act (2006). This operation was entirely presented on the Law.
We therefore implore all users of Copyrighted music to comply with the Law. Those in default are further advised to clear all fees due to avoid such inconveniences. Addition fees of 50% of the amount in default will be charged for any seized equipment to be released.