Copyright Collectives, which represent holders of copyrights and related rights, have long been subject to Bolivia's legal framework. Yet only as of March 3, 2017 do they have particular rules as provided in the Specific Regulations on Copyright Collectives issued by the Office of Copyrights and Related Rights, under which such collectives are regulated by the National Intellectual Property Service (SENAPI).
With implementation of these new Specific Regulations, SENAPI has sought to step up control and improve supervision of the operations of Copyright Collectives, of which there are currently three: Sociedad Boliviana de Autores y Compositores (SOBODAYCOM), Asociación Boliviana de Artistas Intérpretes y Ejecutantes de Música (ABAIEM), and Asociación Boliviana de Productores de Fonogramas (ASBOPROFON), all of whom are related to the music field.
Although Copyright Collectives are an auxiliary mechanism, they are fundamental for the protection and defense of property rights pertaining to holders of intellectual property works, insofar as they handle negotiations for broadcasting, use and fundamentally the collection of revenues.
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