Copyright Act 2016, Section 102(1): Blank Media Levy

Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The Blank Media Levy, also known as Private Copy Levy, on blank media storage device that are primarily used to copy or reproduce copyright works. Introduction of the Levy is a government-mandated scheme in which a special levy is charged on all recordable media as compensation to the rights holders for the loss of income as a result of making copies of copyright works such as music, drama and films where no authorization has been obtained from the owner of the work. It is also one way of curbing piracy

The obligation to pay levy is imposed on the manufacturers and importers of recording equipment or recording materials and copying machines.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) introduced the initiative on 15th April, 2019 and is already partnering with the Malawi Revenue Authority that is collecting the levy on behalf of COSOMA. So far over 1,200,00.00 USD has been collected.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)