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IMPRA accredited as “representative collecting society”

October 14, 2015

It has come to my attention that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has issued notice GN680 (GG39066-7-8-2015, dated 15 July 2015) in which it gives accreditation to the Independent Music Performance Rights Association (IMPRA) as a “representative collecting society” in terms of Regulation 3(1), (2) and (7) of the Regulations on Collecting Societies.

My concern is that this is not in line with CIPC’s policy regarding giving only one society the right to collect royalties in relation to a particular right e.g. needletime royalties. CIPC has indicated that it wishes that only one collecting society be registered and accredited to collect a certain type of royalty on behalf of musicians.

No indication is given in the notice as to which royalty type IMPRA will be responsible for. This creates uncertainty and further exacerbates the problems with the Copyright Amendment Bill, which I have written briefly on.

We wait to see what transpires.

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