COSOMA is responsible for the implementation of the Copyright Act, 2016 and performs the following functions: -

  • Promote and protect the interests of authors, performers, translators, producers of sound recordings, broadcasters, publishers and in particular, to collect and distribute any royalties or other remuneration accruing to rights holders in respect of their rights provided for in the Copyright Act, 2016;

  • Maintain registers of works, productions and associations of authors, performers, translators, producers of sound recordings, broadcasters and publishers;

  • Publicize the rights of owners and give evidence of the ownership of these rights where there is a dispute or an infringement;

  • Print, publish, issue or circulate any information, report, periodical, book, pamphlet, leaflet or any other material relating to copyright, expressions of folklore, rights of broadcasters, performers and producers of sound recordings;

  • Co-operate with any associations in Malawi;

  • Establish and maintain close and continuous working relationships with national, regional and international organizations or institutions whose objectives are similar to those of the Society, and to negotiate bilateral agreements with collecting societies abroad, in particular as regards use that may be subject to an extended collective licence;

  • Negotiate and enter into collective agreements as mandated by authors, performers, translators, producers of sound recordings, broadcasters and publishers, or any association thereof, in particular agreements that according to section 58 entail an extended collective licence;

  • Ensure that there is constant improvement and continued effectiveness of legislation on copyright and related rights and implementation thereof;

  • Devise programs on promotion, introduction and training programs on copyright and related rights, to which end it may co-ordinate its work with national or international organizations concerned with the same subject matter; and

  • Advise the Minister on all matters under the Copyright Act of 2016.

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Contact Information

Copyright Society of Malawi
Off Paul Kagame Road
Next to the Malawi Rural Finance Company Office
Capital City
Lilongwe 3

Telephone: +265 1 751 148