Discop Africa, which takes place 1-3 September 2010 at the Hilton Nairobi in Kenya, has announced their intention of launching the Africa Media Rights Watch initiative in early 2011. A number of leading broadcasters and content suppliers involved in sub-Saharan Africa have come together to form Africa Media Rights Watch. The initiative is supported by international key players such as Canal+ Overseas, M-Net and Cote Ouest as well as by African associations of broadcasters and content producers.
As an anti-piracy body standing against audiovisual piracy across that region, Africa Media Rights Watch’s objective is to help establish and promote a business environment that is respectful of copyright laws and of measures to enforce these laws. Participants believe the timing is right considering the speed at which the sub-Saharan African television marketplace has grown over the last two years.
Afro Leo welcomes this initiative which has received good press but wonders if sub-Saharan copyright laws and enforcement agencies are up to the challenge.