The Director General of the Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN), Mr. Mayo Ayilaran was in Abidjan the Cote Dâ€™Voire capital on July 29 elected president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) for the African region.
In a unanimous decision by all Director Generals and Chief Executives of societies from the 25 countries that make up CISACâ€™S African region, the experienced copyright administrator was elected as its presidentÂ to run the affairs of the continental body for the next twoÂ years .He replaced the Director General of Mauritius Authors Society (MASA), Mr. Gerrald Louise.
He was elected for his efforts towards the emergence of credible and sustainable organizations that are working for the greater interests of creators on the continent and the world at large.
By his election as President of CISAC for the Africa region, Mr. Ayilaran is expected to formulate and execute policies that will enhance the efficient administration and effective protection of copyright within the African region and in each of the countries forming the region..
His new position equally makes him the Chairman of the Executive Committee and the regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In the course of his duties Mr. Mayo Ayilaran and his Executive Committee are expected to visit and meet many policy makers and public officials in many countries in Africa with a view to getting the various governments to update their copyright laws to meet the present and future challenges, encourage public users of copyright works to respect the copyright in the works and to assist in the operations and building the capacities of the various member organization across the continent.
In a reaction to his election on his return to the country last Friday (30th July), Mr. Ayilaran said his election to head the continental body is a testimony that Nigeria has a more brilliant side than most critics will accept.