The Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) is negotiating with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) to use Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms), popularly known as ‘Spy Machine’, in managing broadcasting royalties.
With the machine, the association will have access to an automated log, unlike the current system that requires broadcasters to manually log what they have played on their stations.
Cosoma senior licensing officer Rosario Kamanga said the association has drafted a memorandum of understanding and they are working to reach an agreement by December.
“This machine removes the human errors in monitoring broadcasting royalties and makes it easier for us to monitor the system,” said Kamanga.
He added that Cosoma is using software to monitor content on some few radio stations, but said with the use of the new machine, they will be able to monitor all radio stations.
Kamanga was speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on enhancing awareness of copyright and related rights to media practitioners at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre yesterday.
Other topics that the participants were drilled in include copyright management, copyright law, copyright protection and related rights, copyright and media, enforcement of copyright and related rights and the role of right holders.
The workshop was held by Cosoma with financial support from World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo).