ISLAMABAD, October 16, 2018: In a bid to collect and distribute royalties of artist community, Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) will support all stakeholders while activating the Collective Management Organization (CMO).
This was stated by Mujeeb Ahmad Khan, Chairman IPO-Pakistan while chairing a high level meeting of Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association (PBA), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other stakeholders here at the IPO-Pakistan headquarters on Tuesday.
Addressing the meeting, Chairman IPO assured complete support to all stakeholders to activate the CMO for the collection and distribution of royalties of artists, singers, musicians and lyricist etc.
Khan urged the need to preserve and protect national heritage, culture and music in the country for future generations and said that it could only be materialized by protecting the financial rights of the artist community.
However, Mujeeb Ahmed Khan expressed the desire that all stakeholders should resolve their longstanding issues hindering a full functioning of CMO in Pakistan. In this regard, IPO-Pakistan will extend its full cooperation to address any problem faced by the stakeholders, he promised.
Meanwhile, representatives of PBA showed their inclination to pay royalties, however, it was stated that the issue would be presented in the next PBA Board as agenda item for approval. The participants of the meeting appreciated the efforts of IPO-Pakistan for bringing the stakeholders together for a greater cause i.e. well-being of the artist community.
The meeting was attended, among others by the representatives of PBA, Director General (Policy) of PEMRA, CEO of Collective Organization for Music Rights of Pakistan (COMP), Deputy Director (Law & Regulation) of PTA, representatives of EMI, Pakistan, and senior management of IPO-Pakistan.