Copyright law grants authors, artists and other creators protection for their literary and artistic creations, generally referred to as “works”. The kind of works protected by copyright include, but not limited to; literary and artistic works such as; novels, poems, plays, newspapers, adverts, films, musical compositions, choreography, paintings,drawings, photographs, sculptures and architecture, maps, technical drawings and Computer software, programs and databases.
The expression authors’ rights refer to the creator of an artistic work, its author, thus underlining that, as recognized in most laws, authors have certain specific rights in their creations that only they can exercise, which are often referred to as moral rights, such as the right to prevent distorted reproductions of the work. Other rights, such as the right to make copies, can be exercised by third parties with the author’s permission, for example, by a publisher who obtains a license to this effect from the author.
Copyright refers to protection granted to authors, artists and other creators for their literary and artistic creations, generally referred to as “works”.
Copyright protection gives creators incentives in the form of recognition and fair economic rewards.
A creative work is automatically protected by copyright after creation. The work must be original and fixed into tangible form. Works are protected irrespective of their merit but must not infringe another person’s work.
Step 1: An application for registration is made to the Registrar of Copyright and an application fee of UGX. 50,000 paid. A copy of the work for which protection is sought must be attached e.g. Books, CD, DVD.
Step 2: The application is then published in the Uganda Gazette for 60 days.
Step 3: If no objection is made to the registration of the said right, a certificate of registration will be issued to the applicant. No fee is charged for registration certificate
What are Collective Management Organizations (CMOs)?
CMO’s are Collective Management Organizations established by owners of Copyright to protect and enforce their economic rights. CMO’s have the following responsibilities among others;
You register as a member by signing the membership form from the CMO and licensing your CMO to pursue your economic rights in the works. In Uganda there are 3 CMO’s namely Uganda Reproductive Rights Organization (URRO) for literally works e.g. books, Uganda Federation of Movie Industry (UFMI) for audio visual works e.g. films and Uganda Performing Rights Society(UPRS) for musical works.
Collective management means that owners of works can pursue their economic rights more efficiently and effectively as one group as opposed to one individual pursuing the same rights from multiple users.