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Experts discuss best model
BY IMRAN MOJIB March 01, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum 2017 concluded on Tuesday as experts discussed the best models to set up the Arab World’s first Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO) in the UAE. The experts stressed the need for considering the governance structure which depends on the legal system of the country it operates within.

Ali Shaali, Vice President of Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), assured the audience about establishment of the Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO) in the UAE. He recommended that all parties involved should have a closed session to discuss the way forward.

Speaking about “Managing a Reproduction Rights Organisation”, CEO of and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) Caroline Morgan reiterated the essential role that RROs play in a country’s economy and highlighted the management requirements necessary for the setting up of a successful RRO.

“The first thing to consider when setting up an RRO is its governance structure. This will depend on the legal system of the country it is operating in, so every model will be different. RROs are non-profit organisations but they are not charities. They function to collect money from users, deduct the necessary funds for their operations and then distribute the rest to its licence holders,” she said.

Nasser Ali Al Khasawneh, Managing Partner in EverShed’s Company, highlighted various RRO Models and how to choose the right model for the UAE.

He said, “We are analysing global RRO models that could be best applied in the UAE in order for us to establish a CMO here. To date, there are no such organisations in the Arab world. This is why we are exploring the experience of a number of countries in this regard so that we can find a successful model that is suitable for the UAE and which will serve innovation and boost the nation’s economy.”

Conducting a workshop, international adviser on intellectual property issues Tarja Olsson discussed the various methods of membership, licence distribution, fee collection, tariff setting and transparency of proceedings in RROs across the world.

Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations at the Copyright Clearance Centre, discussed the financial aspects of setting up a CMO in the UAE.

“One should set up an RRO as one would set up any other business. A three-year plan should be enacted which starts with a strategy, continues with the goals and objectives and finishes with costs. The costs for the UAE will depend on what type of RRO it wishes to establish, so it is important to involve all local stakeholders to discuss requirements and to seek support from other RROs as well as the IFRRO” he said.

The Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum 2017 was organised by Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), in collaboration with the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA) and Emirates Writers Union (EWU).

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