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Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum kicks off tomorrow
BY A STAFF REPORTER February 26, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum 2017 will get under way tomorrow, featuring an elite group of key industry leaders who will highlight the need to protect rights holders and enable the creative industries to make even greater economic and cultural contributions.

The two-day forum has been organised by the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) in collaboration with the Emirates Intellectual Property Association and Emirates Writers Union, and will host experts from the Copyright Clearance Centre and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (Ifrro).

The event will discuss collective management organisations (CMOs), specifically reproduction rights organisations (RROs), and their roles in promoting and protecting creativity, and in supporting cultural and educational institutions in increasing awareness about the importance of intellectual rights.

Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Patron of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), will deliver the forum’s inaugural address. This will be followed by the forum’s first session titled “Collective Management in the Creative Industry,” during which Michael Healy, the Executive Director of Author & Publisher Relations at the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC), will give a presentation highlighting the major functions of collective management and its impact on regulating the use of creative works.

The “Reproduction Rights Organisations and Licensing” session will bring together Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, an international advisor on intellectual property issues, Nasser Ali Al Khasawneh, Managing Partner in ‘EverSheds company, and will be moderated by Abdulrahman Al Obaidily, Member of the Board of Directors at the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (Eipa).

The third session titled “The Role of Cultural and Educational Organisations in Protecting Right Owners” will feature Caroline Morgan, CEO and Secretary General of Ifrro, Habib Al Sayegh, Executive Chief Editor of Al Khaleej newspaper, who is also the Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union and Secretary General of Arab Writers Union, and Dr Mariam Al Shanasi, President of EPA.

The Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum is being sponsored by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi is the Founder and Patron of the Emirates Publishers Association, and is a prominent and influential figure in a number of fields, particularly culture, publishing, and children’s literature. In 2007, Sheikha Bodour founded Kalimat publishing house, which is dedicated to publishing high quality Arabic children’s books, before it expanded into Kalimat Publishing Group in 2013. Sheikha Bodour’s active involvement in the publishing industry led her to establishing the Emirates Publishers Association. She is also the Founder and Patron of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY). Under the umbrella of the UAEBBY, Sheikha Bodour launched, in 2009, the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, the largest children’s literature award in the Arab region. She is also Head of the Organising Committee of Knowledge without Borders, an initiative which managed to distribute home libraries – each containing 50 books – to over 42000 Emirati households in the emirate of Sharjah.

Habib Al Sayegh
Habib Al Sayegh holds the position of Executive Chief Editor of Al Khaleej newspaper. He is Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union and Secretary General of the Arab Writers Union. Dr Al Sayegh is a prominent UAE and Arab personality noted for his active involvement in journalism, authorship, literature and poetry. He was honoured with the UAE Pioneers Medal by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2016.

Al Sayegh is one of the pioneers of the new poetry movement in the Gulf region, where hundreds of studies have been written about him. His poems were translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Mariam Al Shenasi
Dr Mariam Al Shenasi is the President of Emirates Publishers Association, and has a vast experience in environment, planning and teaching. She held the post of Undersecretary at the Ministry of Environment and Water.

Al Shenasi’s previous positions included Executive Director for Technical Affairs and Adviser to the Minister of Environment and Water; Assistant Professor and Head of Environmental Health at the College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah.

She is also a board member of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR); a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Department; and the Deputy Governor of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Dr Al Shenasi is the Founder and CEO of Dar Al Yasmeen Publishing and Distribution.

Michael Healy
Michael Healy is the Executive Director of Author & Publisher Relations at the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC), a leading organisation in the field of copyright licensing and content solutions. CCC aims to develop solutions for both buyers and sellers of digital rights.

Tarja Koskinen-Olsson
Tarja Koskinen-Olsson works as an international adviser on intellectual property issues, with rights management as a special focus. Koskinen-Olsson served as President of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) from 1993 to 1999 and then as Honorary President from 2001 to 2009.

Abdulrahman Al Obaidily
Abdulrahman Al Obaidily is Director of Legal Affairs Department in Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), and works in Dubai Police from 1995. He holds a licence in Law from Dubai Police Academy 2001, Bachelor in General Law 2008 and Doctorate in General Law 2012 from Mohammed V University in Morocco. Al Obaidily is also in the Board of Directors of the Eipa.

Nasser Ali Al Khasawneh
Nasser Ali Al Khasawneh is Regional Managing Partner for Eversheds in the Middle East. His work covers commercial legal issues in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration, and his practice has covered intellectual property rights’ issues for some of the world’s leading consumer and technology companies. Before founding Khasawneh & Associates in 2003 he worked for Microsoft Corporation, Procter and Gamble and for the United Nations Compensation Commission which was set up to adjudicate compensation claims arising out of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.

Caroline Morgan

Caroline Morgan is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO). Previous to that, she was the General Manager of Copyright Agency responsible for managing the Copyright Agency’s relations with licensing clients, including education and government sectors. Caroline also managed VISCOPY, the Australian collective management organisation for visual arts.

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