MINICOM: Musician Artists urged to register their records as Rwanda celebrates IP day.

Rwanda 29th April, 2015 joined the rest of the world to celebrate the international Intellectual Property (IP) day as an effort to recognize the contribution made by Rwandan artists especially in music industry. In this celebration, Hon. Kanimba urged Rwandan musicians to register their records so as to make more profit of their intellectual properties.

Rwanda as a member of (WIPO) observed and celebrated IP day with a variety of events and activities including a two day workshop for musicians aiming at boosting musician awareness and understanding of intellectual property rights. In interview with journalist at spot view hotel, The Minister of Trade and Industry of Hon. Francois KANIMBA urged Rwandan musician artists to register their songs and start enjoying the complete profit and rights from their intellectual property.

He said: ‘’we have chosen this year’s them, as an effort to protect IP rights and boost awareness for our  musicians and other Rwandan artists about the importance of registering their intellectual property’’.

‘’-Every person who took his time creating anything important, pleasant to general public should surely and automatically benefit from that intellectual property’’. He added.  

Minister Kanimba also said that the selection of this years’ them was also based on the importance music in people’ life, where artists of music should gain more interests than TVs which air their intellectual properties, promoters, producers or sellers of music.

This year, IP day offered a unique opportunity to join others around the globe, discuss and demonstrate how IP works contribute to the flourishing of music industry and the arts.

At the  celebrating world IP day, The International community looked at how IP rights shape music industry, how the music industry can attracts more investors and how creators, composers, song-writers, performers, producers, promoters can enjoy a decent economic existence through deriving economic value from their records (music).

In his speech, the Director General of WIPO, Francis Gurry reminded the world the role of music towards country's development and attracted the attention of governments to recognize the role of music industry by protecting their rights.

He said “Today is a day to “get up, stand up, for music” – to ensure that our musicians get a fair deal, and that we value their creativity and their unique contribution to our lives."

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and Copyrights used in commerce.

Rwanda has a modern Intellectual Property legal framework including the Law N° 31/2009 of 29/10/2009, the IP Policy of November 2009 and is also member to a number of IP International Treaties. Rwanda is an active member of the World Intellectual Property Organization and joined the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in 2011. This year’s theme was “Get up, Stand-up, for music”.




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