Cameroon – Copyright: CMC merges with SOCAM

Written by Deckson N.

On the instruction of the President of the Republic, the two organizations signed the merger act yesterday, July 10, 2017 in Yaoundé.

Enemies yesterday, and hand in hand today. The musicians of Cameroon met on Monday at the Djeuga hotel in Yaounde. The object of the meeting was the merger between the Cameroon Music Corporation (CMC) and the Société Civile Camerounaise de l’Art Musical (SOCAM). It is therefore under the gaze of several musicians that the act of fusion was signed.

An instruction by Paul Biya contained in a correspondence of the Secretary General of the services of the Prime Minister, Magloire Seraphin Fouda, was addressed to the Minister of Arts and Culture on 24 May 2017. The letter stated that “The very high instructions of the President of the Republic Prescribe, as regards Category B: musical art, the merger of the CMC and SOCAM. They must result in the merger and absorption of the inventory, assets, liabilities and name of SOCAM by the CMC “.

That is what happened. By the merger signed by Sam Mbende on the CMC side and Moussa Haïssam and Messi Ambroise on the SOCAM side, the latter company was absorbed by the former. This situation can be explained by the fact that “SOCAM was created in breach of the provisions of the Act referred to below when, at the time of its establishment, there existed a company in that category, the CMC” , Stressed Séraphin Fouda.

The Copyright Act of 2000 provides in Article 75 (2) that “only one collective management body may be established for each category of copyright and neighboring rights” . However, SOCAM was born during an Extraordinary General Meeting of the CMC. An imbroglio that generated a conflict of almost 10 years between the artists.

The elective general assembly of this new-look CMC is scheduled for July 28th. To date, no applications have been formally declared. One thing is certain, Sam Mbende will not show up. The latter having decided to withdraw.

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