Editorial: World Copyright Day And The Creative Drive Of Young Liberian Talents

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SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 is World Copyright Day. The Copyright Society of Liberia (COSOL), working under the national theme, “Adding Value to Creativity for Wealth Creation in Liberia”, has completed preparation for the observance of the ninth edition of the World Copyright Day. The observance of the day becomes especially important in the face of the creative drive of young Liberian talents in the creation, production and distribution of works of music, motion picture, publishing, etc., and the potential they hold to providing self-sustenance for the creative artists and contributing to the revenue of the economy. We think the national theme, “Adding Value to Creativity for Wealth Creation in Liberia”, is especially appropriate.

FOREIGN AND LOCAL dignitaries, including stakeholders of Liberia’s Creative Industry, are expected to grace the occasion marking the activities in celebration of the day. The Political and Economic Counselor at the United States Embassy, Joel Kopp, will deliver the keynote address.

THE OFFICER-IN-CHARGE of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mamadou Lamine Sow, is expected to grace the occasion marking the observance of the World Copyright Day. Sow will also relay UNESCO Director General’s global message of the World Copyright Day’s celebration.

ESTABLISHED IN 2009 through regulation LIPO/COSOL/CR/001/2019, COSOL served as the Collective Management Organization (CMO) in Liberia, which is charged with the exclusive duty for the collection and distribution of royalties for all creative arts.

THE LIPO ACT of 2016 that was passed into law by the 53rd Legislature gives LIPO the exclusive authorization to govern, control and regulate the generation, protection, commercial exploitation and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Liberia.

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