Historical: eight countries in West Africa will establish a common legal framework for the protection of the audiovisual heritage

Experts and culture ministers of the eight member states of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (ECOWAS) adopted on September 11 in Dakar, the first Community Directive establishing the legal deposit of audiovisual works. This directive was developed in the framework of the project "Digital Capital", run by the International Organisation of the Francophonie and supported by the ACPCultures + programme (funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States ).

The adoption of this directive at a regional level - grouping Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo - is a world premiere.

The legislation concerning audiovisual legal deposit is the legal mechanism that allows States to ensure the collection, storage and consultation of audiovisual documents for research, teaching and education. Under the adopted Directive, this concerns in particular the radio documents, audio, film and multimedia. This text is the step prior to the operational implementation of copyrighted audiovisual community and more broadly to the establishment of a genuine policy of archiving in the concerned countries.

The initiative of the ECOWAS, with the support of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) and the expertise of the French National Institute of Audiovisual (Ina) comes at a pivotal time for these countries in digital transition. Real opportunity, the Directive will allow a more simpler and economic legal deposit.

During the meeting in Dakar, were also adopted several texts on the harmonization of copyright and the regulatory framework for the production, circulation and preservation of audiovisual works in the eight countries.

September 14, 2015
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