Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama on Friday commended Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) for working tirelessly to nurture, promote and protect creative art in the country.
The minister made the remarks in Lilongwe at the gala dinner in commemoration of the society’s 25th anniversary.
She observed that Cosoma has continued to work towards improving the welfare of creative people albeit facing many challenges, including piracy, minimal financial resources and inadequate human resources.
She said: “I must congratulate Cosoma for making a significant impact on the lives of many creative minds and inspired so many to support the cause.”
Chazama noted that the society continues to dedicate its time and duty towards nurturing creative people who in the end leverage their individual achievement with a view to contributing towards development of the country.
Director of knowledge and communications at the Norwegian Arts Licensing Organisation—Kopinor, Hans-Petter Fuglerud, said he was proud to have played a critical role in the establishment and management of the society in its inception years.
Fuglerud said many of Kopinor’s members of staff have had the pleasure of visiting Cosoma to share knowledge about management of reprographic rights.
“And with the help of the Malawi Government, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, we were able to help build the building so important to Cosoma. We saw this importance so clearly demonstrated at the launching of the integrated arts project and the new online services provided by the artists’ cooperative,” he explained.