Uganda is to adopt a copyright law protocol this month. The adoption will be done during the diplomatic conference on the adoption of the draft Protocol on voluntary registration of copyright and related rights that will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 20th to 28th August 2021 at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.
The two day conference is being organized by the government of Uganda, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The Conference will be attended by Ministers in charge of Intellectual Property from the 20 ARIPO Members States, Heads of Industrial Property and Copyright and Related Rights Offices from the ARIPO Member States.
The ARIPO 20 Member States are Botswana, The Kingdom of Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, The Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the event next week, Deputy Attorney General Hon. Jackson Karugaba Kafuuzi said the adoption of the protocol would support the country’s nascent creative industry.
“This protocol will support our young population that is devoted to creating jobs through creative arts,” He said.
She said through the adoption of this protocol, Ugandans shall be able to have their works registered and protected internationally.
“It will enable artistes, writers to benefit and earn from their works, enable Government to maintain a register of voluntary copyrighted works which ultimately will lead to better appreciation of the role of the creative industry in promotion of socio economy development,” He added.
State minister for foreign affairs Okello Oryem said the conference will enhance Uganda’s cooperation with member states on issues related to Intellectual Property and Copyright.
Studies by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) show that the creative industry contributes greatly to GDP as well as employment to countries.