Kosovo Establishes First Copyright Collective

Aug 30 2011 - 14:56

The first copyright collective in Kosovo – The Association of Authors, Producers and Interpreters (APIK) has recently been established with an aim to curb the widespread copyright infringement and piracy.

The organization has been founded to deal with the collective management of musical works, including the collection of royalty payments from users of copyrighted works and distribution to copyright owners.

APIK is expected to soon get a license from the Copyright Office operating under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Although the Law on Copyright and Related Rights has been in force since 2006, it has never been implemented in practice. A new copyright law, approved by the Kosovo Government, is awaiting the approval by the Kosovo Assembly.

For more information, please contact Jelena Jankovic at our Balkan Regional Office.

Source: Kosovo Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

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