On Monday December 14th, 2015 the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) in collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will conduct a series of workshops commencing in Barbados as part of the Transparency, Accountability and Governance (TAG of Excellence) programme of WIPO.
General Managers and Directors of Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (COSCAP), the Barbados Copyright Agency Inc (BCOPY) and several other creative industry stakeholders are expected to benefit from the TAG initiative which was designed to aid Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) globally.
“There will be four sessions starting in Barbados, then continuing in St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica,” says Erica Smith, CEO of COSCAP. “These workshops form part of a governance toolkit being developed by ACCS and TAG for emerging CMOs which will include the development of a series of webinars and a handbook. This toolkit is being developed for availability in the future for the training of directors from emerging CMOs in good governance practice.”
The workshops will be facilitated by Mr. Rob Hooijer, an Independent Consultant in collective management, rights administration and developing countries business. Hooijer is a former Director of African Affairs of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) and retired CEO of SAMRO (Southern African Music Rights Organization).
The WIPO-initiated TAG of Excellence project, which began in 2013, proposes a program for the improvement of the transparency, accountability and governance of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs). The project’s aim is the introduction of a voluntary quality assurance standard which can show that a CMO has reached a defined standard of transparency, accountability and governance (the three initials forming the TAG acronym). It also envisages an education and training program which will assist a participating CMO to reach the defined standard.
“The TAG of Excellence project will help CMOs to develop a standard for self-assessment. WIPO will work with us in the Caribbean to ensure that regional CMOs continue to operate at the highest level”, Smith explained.
ACCS functions as a central administration office servicing the Caribbean territory for the administration, registration and data management of copyright and related rights for musical, literary and artistic works as well as sound recordings and performances. ACCS provides its members, copyright and related rights collecting societies, with data management services. Founded in 2000,the principal aim of ACCS is to place regional authors, composers and publishers in a better position to collect royalties from international markets.
WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of United Nations, serving 188 member states internationally.