Government of the Republic of Moldova

STATE AGENCY ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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AGEPI Obliges Collective Management Organizations to Honor Their Commitments

01/26/2018

During the period of October – December 2017, the Commission for the Control of Activities of the Organizations for Collective Management of Economic Copyright and/or Related Rights within the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) exercised the annual general control of the activity of collective management organizations in the Republic Moldova for the year 2016.

Thus, during the period 06 November  – 15 December 2017, the annual general control of the activity of the PA National Association “Copyright” (ANCO) for the period 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2016 was carried out. As a result of expiry of the control period, the Control Commission has drawn up the Control Act No. 17/2 of 27.12.2017 on the annual general control of the activity of the Public Association National Association “Copyright” (ANCO) for the period 01.01.2016–31.12.2016.

During the period 23 October – 15 December 2017, the commission exercised the annual general control of the activity of ORDA for the year 2016. Thus, as a result of expiry of the control period, the Control Commission drew up the Control Act No. 16/1 of 27.12.2017 on the annual general control of the activity of the Republican Office on Copyright (ORDA) for the period 01.01.2016–31.12.2016.

Subsequently, the Commission for the approval of the organizations for collective management of economic copyrights and/or related rights of AGEPI, issued Decision No. 18/112 of 19.01.2018 (published in the Official Gazette No. 27-32 of 26.01.2018), obliging:

  • By March 1, 2018, the Public Association Republican Office on Copyright (ORDA) to pay to the right holders, members of ORDA, the amount of 475,905.09 lei, relying on the fact that from the remuneration accumulated in 2016 (1 154 336.47 lei) ORDA had to withhold 33% (380 931.04 lei) for the actual expenses related to the management of rights, as well as the amounts for special funds created by the organization, the rest of the amount being supposed to be distributed and paid to the right holders.
  • By March 1, 2018, the Public Association National Association “Copyright” (ANCO) to pay to the right holders of ANCO the amount of 958,775.75 lei, relying on the fact that from the remuneration accumulated in 2016 (3,730,296, 61 lei) ANCO had to withhold a fee for management of rights of 40% (1 492 118.64 lei), the rest of the amount being supposed to be distributed and paid to the right holders.
  • By May 1, 2018, the collective management organizations ORDA and ANCO to implement the recommendations of the Commission for the Control of Activities of the Organizations for Collective Management of Economic Copyright and/or Related Rights within AGEPI, as set out in the Control Act No. 16/1 of 27.12.2017 on the annual general control of the activity of the Republican Office on Copyright (ORDA) for the period 01.01.2016–31.12.2016 and in the Control Act No. 17/2 of 27.12.2017 on the annual general control of the activity of the Public Association National Association “Copyright” (ANCO) for the period 01.01.2016–31.12.2016.

The State Agency on Intellectual Property recommends that authors be actively involved in monitoring the management of their rights.