Developing a National Strategy on Copyright

ZIMCOPY - Reproduction Rights Organization of Zimbabwe (NGO), Zimbabwe
IFCD Funding: US$ 92,928 | Timeline: April 2014 – December 2014

© Martin Fisch


The project aims to strengthen the enforcement of copyright law in Zimbabwe through the development of a national strategy and the creation of a platform to regularly review the strategy.

Project leader: ZIMCOPY - Reproduction Rights Organization of Zimbabwe

ZIMCOPY is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of the respect for copyright in Zimbabwe.

Expected results

  • Zimbabwe’s challenges and gaps in copyright legislation are identified.
  • Recommendations on actions to strengthen the effective protection of copyright are submitted to relevant stakeholders.
  • National Strategy on Copyright is developed and adopted.

Main activities

  • Organizing a consultative meeting for representatives of public copyright enforcement authorities, rights holders and reproduction rights organizations to consider and analyse the state of copyright enforcement in Zimbabwe.
  • Organizing a workshop for rights holders, leaders of reproduction rights organisations and major users of copyright to determine the actions needed to address copyright infringements and the effective promotion of creators’ rights.
  • Organizing a working session to draft the national strategy on copyright, based on the recommendations submitted, as well as a national conference to adopt it.
  • Establishing the national platform for the regular review of the strategy in the framework of the national conference.

How does this project contribute to the implementation of the 2005 Convention?

  • Contributes to the introduction of cultural policies to promote cultural industries in Zimbabwe - both the consultative meeting and the working sessions to draft a national strategy, that gather a wide number of stakeholders, are instrumental in ensuring effective policy interventions to develop a competitive and dynamic local cultural industry.
  • Encourages dialogue and strengthens the institutional infrastructure in Zimbabwe - by identifying institutional capacity gaps and strengthening policy and decision makers’ capacities, as well as by fostering network-building among key players in the field of copyright.



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