In 1987 a revised Copyright Act was drafted with the assistance of WIPO. A number of workshops were held to solicit input into the draft Law. The comments were eventually submitted to the Ministry of Justice for incorporation therein. In 1989, a new Copyright Law was passed which among other things, provided for the establishment of COSOMA.
In January,1992, the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) was established as a parastatal organization with funding from the Government and 13 Board members were appointed by the Government as well as the first employee who later became its first Executive Director. The Organization’s specific mandate which still stands until today was to promote and protect interests of authors including collection of royalties and prevention of unauthorized use of copyrighted works.
The advent of digital technology brought in new challenges in the copyright and collective management system globally. Malawi was not spared, and the Copyright Act of 1989, was by the passing of years becoming weaker. This necessitated the revision of the Copyright Act of 1989 so that it conforms to the international treaties that are addressing the challenges brought by the digital technology as well as providing stiffer penalties for cases of copyright infringement.