Intellectual property rights, and the Copyright and Neighbouring Right Protection Act, No. 6
Introduced in 1995 upon CMO's (Collective Management Organizations) admission to the International network Organization CISAC (Confederation of the International Society of Authors and Composers).
The main objectives are to provide appropriate protection to the Namibian copyrights holders as well as to collect and distribute the royalties nationally and internationally.
The CMO signed Reciprocal Representing Agreement (RRA) with sister Organizations. The Namibian Government is the signatory to the Bern Convention of 1971 that provides the equal national treatment to both local and international members. The Namibian Government is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
- The regularity of membership fees;
- Wide promotion of the copyright matters;
- Collection and payment of royalties;
- Enforcement of practical aspects of prevention/reduction of piracy