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FROM THE EDITOR (CLOSING NOTICE):

Good day,

As per the State of Emergency declaration put forth by the President of the Republic of Botswana, please be informed that COSBOTS in its efforts to comply with Extreme Social Distancing will be closing its doors until further notice. The Company has however made provisions to allow officers to attend to any emergency that may occur on the part of stakeholders.

Please reach out to me on my mobile 77756642 for any queries or send email to info@cosbots.co.bw

We trust our relationship will remain stable and continue to grow and hope that you will remain safe and healthy through this trying time.

Yours Sincerely

Seeletso Lekgaba

PRESS RELEASE:

COSBOTS OFFICERS TAKEN HOSTAGE BY ARTISTS

COSBOTS OFFICERS TAKEN HOSTAGE BY ARTISTS

At around 1300hrs on Friday 27th March 2020 members of the Board were made aware of a video clip that was circulating on social media showing what is believed to be members of our organisation in an altercation with the Chief Executive Officer Mr Lesego K. Selotate. Though we recognise the requirement to observe the rules of natural justice, and to follow due process in handling this matter, we however condemn in the strongest possible terms, the unruly behaviour of our members, in orchestrating this whole episode of holding the CEO and two of his senior managers against their will and dispossessing the CEO of his personal mobile device. In our view, this abhorrent behaviour was totally unacceptable. The behaviour, part of which is displayed in the circulating images, does not in anyway represent the behaviour we expect of our members, as articulated in our members’ code of conduct.

It has been brought to our attention that the aforementioned group of members had previously visited the office, enquiring about when they should expect to be paid their royalties. Though the Board understands the financial pressure on members, occassioned by the decision of Government to take stringent measures in persuance of containing the Corona virus, which measures include the cancellation of events such as music shows, a major source of income for our members, we expect members to always be professional and courteous in lodging their queries. We wish to further note that, where members are not satified with the explanations provided, they are at liberty to direct their grievances in the appropriate manner, rather than invade the office, and in the process, obstruct the work of the CEO and his team.

The above notwithstanding, the Board has on good authority that on each of the visits to the office by members, they were attended to by a senior manager and provided with a full response to their enquiry.

It is therefore curious why they returned unannounced, on the 27th March 2020, and on this occasion insisting on seeing the CEO and enquiring about a matter they already had answers to. Even more curious is how they connived with members of the press, inviting the journalists in question into what should have been a private meeting between members and management, and proceeding to introduce them as bona fide members of COSBOTS, when they knew fully well that this was a blatant misrepresentation of the truth. Worse still is the unauthorised recording of the meeting proceedings, without making management aware that a recording was being made and seeking their express permission to record and circulate the video.
 

We wish to issue a stern warning to members that continue to flout provisions of the COSBOTS code of conduct, and remind the culprits that the organisation shall not hesitate to take decisive action against them, with a disciplinary process that could potentially result in their membership being terminated.

We would like to assure all our stakeholders that the company is operating well and is in a sound financial position with strong cash flows. We also want to express our confidence in the abilities of the CEO, his management team and staff members alike, to effectively run the affairs of the company. They have our full support in the execution of their responsibilities. We conclude by committing to our members and key stakeholders, that we shall maintain robust communications regarding the developments relating to the subject matter of this press release through various online platforms and traditional media channels.

Mr. Patrick Setsiba
Chairman.

NOTICE OF MEETING:

Notice is hereby given by the Membership Sub-committee of the Board of Directors of Copyright Soceity of Botswana (“Cosbots”) inviting members to “A MEMBER CONSULTATIVE MEETING” to be held at BABUSI in Extension 14, Gaborone on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 08H00.

Notice of Meeting & Agenda

Notice of Meeting & Agenda

Confirmation of Attendance

Confirmation of Attendance

A LITTLE ABOUT US:

The Copyright Society of Botswana was established in Botswana which was commissioned and became fully operational in November 2011. In 2012 the registration of members together with licensing of users began leading to a successful distribution of royalties in 2014.

We are mandated by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act – CAP6802 of 2006 to among others licence and collect royalties from users of copyright protected works, to distribute them to copyright owners.

OUR SERVICES

As the only collective management orginization in Botswana, we are a link between Users of copyright works and Owners, rights holders manage their rights through COSBOTS, while the users, Broadcasters, DJ’s, Libraries etc have an obligation to aquire a COSBOTS license prior to use of works.

The main exclusive rights we administer are: 

The right of public performance

The right of broadcasting

The right of communication
to the public

The right of public performance

The right
of broadcasting

The right of communication to the public

Our mandate is to: Monitor usage of works – License Users – Collect royalties from Users and – Pay royalties to Rights holders

In addition, COSBOTS administers the rights of non-musical protected works such as literary,
audio-visual and other artistic works exploited for commercial purposes.

What do we mean by Collective Management?

  • 1 – stop shop for those seeking to use artists works and a solution for creators
  • the exercise of copyright and related rights by organizations like COSBOTS on behalf of Members
  • Representation of right holders through mandates that right holders have given to COSBOTS

All events, concerts, shows, beauty pageants or any event where music is played and/or performed MUST be licensed by COSBOTS upon payment of a license fee.

At COSBOTS we are committed to upholding uppermost standards of business ethics, and corporate governance by ensuring that:

1. Monies collected from Users are distributed;

  • Efficiently
  • Diligently
  • Expeditiously
  • Transparently
  • In accordance with legislative requirements and signed agreements
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2. Members benefit whenever their works may be used

3. We encourage and empower creativity

4. We encourage reprographic artists – to register their works with COSBOTS by joining and forming associations

2. Members benefit whenever their works may be used

3. We encourage and empower creativity

4. We encourage reprographic artists – to register their works with COSBOTS by joining and forming associations

What do we mean by Collective Management?

  • 1 – stop shop for those seeking to use artists works and a solution for creators
  • the exercise of copyright and related rights by organizations like COSBOTS on behalf of Members
  • Representation of right holders through mandates that right holders have given to COSBOTS

All events, concerts, shows, beauty pageants or any event where music is played and/or performed MUST be licensed by COSBOTS upon payment of a license fee.

At COSBOTS we are committed to upholding uppermost standards of business ethics,
and corporate governance by ensuring that:

1. Monies collected from Users are distributed;

  • Efficiently
  • Diligently
  • Expeditiously
  • Transparently
  • In accordance with legislative requirements and signed agreements

2. Members benefit whenever their works may be used

3. We encourage and empower creativity

4. We encourage reprographic artists – to register their works with
    COSBOTS by joining and forming associations

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COMPANY OVERVIEW:

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Our purpose: COSBOTS exists to among others: negotiate and grant licenses in written agreements with users, the collection and distribution of royalties to appropriate owners of copyright

Vision: To be the best collective management organization in the world

Mission: We empower creativity

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COMPANY OVERVIEW:


Our purpose:
COSBOTS exists to among others: negotiate and grant licenses in written agreements with users, the collection and distribution of royalties to appropriate owners of copyright

Vision: To be the best collective management organization in the world

Mission: We empower creativity

CORE VALUES

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Results Driven: We will be customer focused, always working from the mind-set of helping clients win

Botho & Integrity: Humility, sound moral & ethical principles. Honesty and trust are central to integrity. Provision of service with courtesy, politeness, respect and consideration

Transparency & Accountability: Openness and responsibility in our dealings and transactions with customers and stakeholders

Teamwork: Working collaboratively as a group in order to achieve goals

CORE VALUES


Results Driven:
We will be customer focused, always working from the mind-set of helping clients win

Botho & Integrity: Humility, sound moral & ethical principles. Honesty and trust are central to integrity. Provision of service with courtesy, politeness, respect and consideration

Transparency & Accountability: Openness and responsibility in our dealings and transactions with customers and stakeholders

Teamwork: Working collaboratively as a group in order to achieve goals

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OUR OBJECTIVES:

  • Increase revenue collected by COSBOTS.
  • Improve operational efficiency.
  • Implement Corporate Governance best practices.
  • Continuously forge for innovative solutions to deliver service.
  • Ensure COSBOTS forges for and maintains a good brand.

INDUSTRY INFORMATION:

The following provides information related to the industry;

  • Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02

Industry snapshot:

The Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS) began through enactment of the revised Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02 in June 2006. COSBOTS was therefore incorporated as a company, no: 2008/3322 in June 2008, as a Collective Management Organisation to administer copyright, as well as to collect and distribute royalties to owners of copyright (rights holders).

Background and development:

COSBOTS is established as a non-profit making company, limited by guarantee, supervised by the Copyright Office under the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA). The startup capital for the set-up of COSBOTS was availed in July 2010, by the Government of Botswana through the then Ministry of Trade and Industry. The founding Board, representatives from different creative industry sectors were mandated to get COSBOTS fully operational.

COSBOTS has so far significantly developed since beginning its operations, from recruitment of the CEO and employees, to undertaking several training programs provided by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, (ARIPO), and Norwegian Copyright Development Agency, (NORCODE). This resulted in developing Rules and Regulations and other numerous internal policies that provided an appropriate and adequate framework for starting up operations.

Key processes:

  • Licensing: is a mechanism used by right-holders to authorize others to use their intellectual property under agreed terms and conditions. In this case COSBOTS by statute represents rights owners hence has authority to license users of its repertoire (copyright works administered by COSBOTS). Users such as Broadcasters, business entities etc. pay royalties for exploitation of works.
  • Documentation & Distribution: The department is responsible for developing and managing membership documentation, authentication and distribution processes in line with Membership and Distribution Rules and other relevant policies to reach the goals of the organization.
  • Reprography : The department is responsible for licensing and collecting royalties for other categories of works including; Poetry, Visual Arts, Literary works, photography etc to distribute to rightful owners.
  • Finance & Administration: The department provides and facilitates operating departments with shared services that include budgeting, finance, procurement, contract administration, and information technology hardware as well as software support.
  • Corporate Communications: Involves managing and orchestrating set marketing and communications activities in all internal and external communications aimed at creating favorable point-of-view among stakeholders on which the company depends such as employees, media, stakeholders and the general public.

OUR OBJECTIVES:

  • Increase revenue collected by COSBOTS.
  • Improve operational efficiency.
  • Implement Corporate Governance best practices.
  • Continuously forge for innovative solutions to deliver service.
  • Ensure COSBOTS forges for and maintains a good brand.

INDUSTRY INFORMATION:

The following provides information related to the industry;

  • Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02

Industry snapshot:

The Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS) began through enactment of the revised Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02 in June 2006. COSBOTS was therefore incorporated as a company, no: 2008/3322 in June 2008, as a Collective Management Organisation to administer copyright, as well as to collect and distribute royalties to owners of copyright (rights holders).

Background and development:

COSBOTS is established as a non-profit making company, limited by guarantee, supervised by the Copyright Office under the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA). The startup capital for the set-up of COSBOTS was availed in July 2010, by the Government of Botswana through the then Ministry of Trade and Industry. The founding Board, representatives from different creative industry sectors were mandated to get COSBOTS fully operational.

COSBOTS has so far significantly developed since beginning its operations, from recruitment of the CEO and employees, to undertaking several training programs provided by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, (ARIPO), and Norwegian Copyright Development Agency, (NORCODE). This resulted in developing Rules and Regulations and other numerous internal policies that provided an appropriate and adequate framework for starting up operations.

Key processes:

  • Licensing: is a mechanism used by right-holders to authorize others to use their intellectual property under agreed terms and conditions. In this case COSBOTS by statute represents rights owners hence has authority to license users of its repertoire (copyright works administered by COSBOTS). Users such as Broadcasters, business entities etc. pay royalties for exploitation of works.
  • Documentation & Distribution: The department is responsible for developing and managing membership documentation, authentication and distribution processes in line with Membership and Distribution Rules and other relevant policies to reach the goals of the organization.
  • Reprography : The department is responsible for licensing and collecting royalties for other categories of works including; Poetry, Visual Arts, Literary works, photography etc to distribute to rightful owners.
  • Finance & Administration: The department provides and facilitates operating departments with shared services that include budgeting, finance, procurement, contract administration, and information technology hardware as well as software support.
  • Corporate Communications: Involves managing and orchestrating set marketing and communications activities in all internal and external communications aimed at creating favorable point-of-view among stakeholders on which the company depends such as employees, media, stakeholders and the general public.

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Unit 1, Plot 93
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Gaborone, Botswana

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+267 392 8055

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info@cosbots.co.bw

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International Commerce Park
Gaborone, Botswana

Cosbots Social Media Icons Telephone-

+267 392 8055

Cosbots Social Media Icons E-mail-

info@cosbots.co.bw

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