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New collective management organization

By Orpan - 21/09/2020

The National Intellectual Property Service (SENAPI) of Bolivia granted an operating license to a copyright collection society of authors called ESCRIBO. “After more than twenty years, a new collective management society has been formed, being a very important advance for artists in the country”, SENAPI stated in a press release.

The general normative framework for the constitution and regulation of the new collective management society is based mainly on Decision 351 of the Andean Community, intended to afford adequate and effective protection to the authors of and other owners of rights in intellectual works in the literary, artistic or scientific field, whatever their nature or form of expression and regardless of their literary or artistic merit or purpose. Among other things, Decision 351 establishes that societies for the collective administration of copyright and neighboring rights shall be subject to inspection and supervision by the State, and shall be required to obtain the appropriate operating license from the competent national office.

Collective management is one option within the copyright system that requires or allows rights holders to administer their rights through a collective management organization. By authorizing or mandating professional collective management organizations to manage their rights, authors, performers, producers and other right holders can simplify the management of those rights. 

By Orpan - 21/09/2020
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals.