CLASS hosted this year’s IFRRO Asia-Pacific Committee meeting involving more than 30 delegates from ASEAN, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the USA on April 25-26.
Delegates comprising of senior representatives of CMOs (Collective Management Organizations) from the Asian-Pacific region and observers from Thailand and Myanmar participated in the two-day conference at the Oasia Hotel, which is in the same PS/100 Building in Peck Seah Street that also houses the CLASS office.
The meeting was officiated by the Senior Minister of State (Education and Trade and Industry) Mr Chee Hong Tat, who spoke of the need to strike a balance as far as the rights of creators and users were concerned. While rightsholders should be compensated for the use of their works, Mr Chee said that the cost of using copyright materials should not be too excessive as that would discourage users.
A balanced approach is thus necessary, he advised, so as to keep the copyright eco-system going by ensuring fair compensation to creators while making it affordable for users.
IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations, holds four regional conferences every year for its 150-plus national member CMOs which are spread out over 80 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The Singapore conference offered key CMO officials from the region to share their experiences and learn from each other, especially between new CMOs and their well-established colleagues in the core collective management work of licensing and distribution of royalties to rightsholders.
Later in the same evening, the delegates were taken on a cable-car ride from Sentosa to Mount Faber where they were treated to a Singaporean-style dinner.
The next IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee meeting will be in Tokyo next year.