Copyright and neigbouring Rights Protection Act, 1994

Namibian Society Of Composers and Authors Of Music
Business and Intellectual Property Authority
Key objectives of the measure:

The main objectives are to provide appropriate protection to the Namibian copyright holders, as well as to collect and distribute royaltiees, nationally and internationally. More specifically to: 

  • to collect and distribute of royalties to members;
  • to register all songwriters, composers and publishers of music;
  • to monitor, control music users and issue copyright Music License;
  • To create  a conducive environment of rights administration/ management for members;
  • To prevent and defend against copyright violation (piracy) of all members;
  • To educate and inform members on their rights; and
  • To advise the (State) Government organs, Ministries, Agencies and other national institutions on matters related to copyright.


Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
legislative, regulatory
Main feature of the measure:

To provide for the protection of copyright and performers’ rights, and to provide for matters incidental

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The expected results are:

  1. Copyright and performers’ rights to artists and creators protected;
  2. The public aware on copyright and issues pertaining to it;
  3. Clear measures on royalty calculations and pay outs instituted; and
  4. provision of registration for musical creations in the country.
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

NASCAM financial resources are from the collection of license fees, while BIPA is full funded by government and resorts under the Ministry responsible for Trade.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
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