Vanuatu Copyright Management Society to be headed by a General Assembly

Chief Seni Mao Trisupe speaking at the opening of the final consultation on the draft Bill of the Vanuatu Copyright Management Society at the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila last week.

By Jonas Cullwick

The Vanuatu Copyright Management Society, the draft Bill of which is going before the Second Ordinary Session of Parliament in December, shows that the Society shall have a General Assembly. And the General Assembly will consist of: (a) the Board; and (b) all members of the Society are to be represented in the Board through the Provincial Associations they are associated with.

The General Assembly of the Society is to be held once a year on or before March 31, each year, with the possibility of an extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly at any time requested by the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or the majority of members.

The Board of the Vanuatu Copyright Management Society shall consist of: the Registrar General of the Intellectual Property Office; the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and ni-Vanuatu Business; the Chief Executive Officer of the Society; and the Chairperson or in his or her absence, the Deputy Chairperson of each of the Provincial Associations.

The members of the Board are to elect from among themselves the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the Board for a term not exceeding three years.

The functions of the Board include: promoting, marketing and managing the economic rights of copyright owners; liaising with similar regional and international organizations for matters relating to copyright management; setting or prescribing standards that have to be met by owners; and receiving license fees (royalties)under this Act.

The Vanuatu Copyright Management Society is to be a body corporate with perpetual succession; and to have a common seal; and capable of suing and being sued.

The functions of the Society are as follows: (a) to determine the criteria for, and of classes of, membership of the Society; and (b) to represent and defend the interests of its members in Vanuatu and abroad; a (c) to contribute to all appropriate means to the promotional of national creativity in the musical work, literary work, artistic work, dramatical work, audio-visual work, expression of indigenous culture, indigenous knowledge and other works; and (d) to develop strategies to recruit new members and to retain existing membership; and (e) to evaluate member benefits, help develop messaging to promote membership and reach out to professional contacts to invite them to join or renew; and (f) to work with the Chief Executive Officer and staff of the Society to build the Society’s online website for the purpose of prioritizing and promoting Society events, publicizing the accomplishments of the members and encouraging membership; and (g) to register, record and manage all Provincial Associations; and (h) register, record and manage all applications for registration with the society.

The powers of the Society shall include accepting or rejecting applications for registration and cancelling any registration or application if it considers necessary.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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