COSOL Unveils Legal Assistance Program

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— Kick-starts with publishers, composers, and audio-visuals contracts

The Copyright Society of Liberia (COSOL) has announced three sample business contracts for entertainers and content creators, particularly those in the music, film, and literary industries to help them have a general sense of the legal side of the creative industries.

The audio-visual, composer and literary contracts come after years of persistent complaints from the artists and individuals about the lack of legal information or assistance on contractual matters. The contracts can be found at www.cosolinfo.com/contract-legal-agreement.

According to a COSOL press release, the documents were developed in partnership with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and are easy-to-use educational materials that have been crafted to fit the legal needs of those that need them.

“The purpose of this guide is to provide a basic overview of important principles in Contract Law, as well as, to paint a more detailed picture of the Agreements and clauses that are more relevant to the creative industries,” explained Prince E. Decker, Executive Director of COSOL, a semi-public agency established by the Government of Liberia to seek the economic rights of derived from creativity. 

“This is the first of many benefits artists get by joining COSOL. In the weeks to come, we will launch the next phase of this program which will include a hotline and response center for artists in legal contractual distress. We are dedicating resources available to help artists negotiate and formulate contractual agreements to secure their economic rights legally,” Mr. Decker said.

The release furthered that the move by COSOL is just one of the many in the making intended to align artists and IP rights holder needs with the office long-term version for them, which has to do with skill and knowledge acquisitions and guidance.

“We understand the importance of protecting artists and IP rights holders. In this fast-paced industry, we must keep on equipping our members or those we work for with the relevant legal knowledge relating to entertainment business contracts,” Mr. Decker added.

Mr. Decker added that contracts are the primary tools that individuals and entities in the creative industries use to enter into business relationships with one another; as a result, sample documents must be developed to enable creators and business people alike to have a general sense of how they work.

“These Sample Contracts are general and educational in nature and reflect all recent legal developments in the music, film, and literary industries,” Mr. Decker added. “At COSOL, we seek the interests of all creators and IP Right Holders; therefore, we are taking steps to ensure their Economic Rights is not only protected, but also they have the legal assistance to cover them in all business ventures.”

Mr. Decker further said that artists and business people are losing money due to the general lack of knowledge about the way contracts in the creative industries are structured. “So we are here to stop it by providing them with the needed education,” Mr. Decker added.

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