Sheikha Bodour with dignitaries at the event.
The United Arab Emirates witnessed the official launch of the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association (ERRA), a unique association of its kind in the region. The launch aligns with the UAE’s mandate to protect the copyrights of content creators and protect the rights of authors and publishers through appropriate laws and legislation.
The launching ceremony, at the House of Wisdom (HoW) in Sharjah, took place in the presence of Bodour Al Qasimi, president of the International Publishers Association (IPA) and honorary president of ERRA; Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy; Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; and Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, and senior officials representing various entities in the publishing industry.
In his keynote speech at the launch ceremony, Bodour Al Qasimi said, “We are proud to launch the pioneering Emirates Reprography Rights Management Association, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region that strengthens the position and role of the United Arab Emirates in stimulating and encouraging creative industries as a fundamental pillar of the modern economy. The launch also reflects the growing reliance on intangible assets or intellectual capital, as evidenced by the rapid expansion of cultural and creative industries in the UAE’s digital economy.
Bodour Al Qasimi stressed that the establishment of ERRA is a major step in the right direction and sends a clear signal that the UAE is sparing no effort to protect the copyrights of authors and publishers.
STRENGTHENING THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY: For his part, Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, said: “We thank Bodour Al Qasimi for the creation and launch of this association, as well as for his continuous efforts and its pioneering initiatives that promote the development of knowledge, culture and the creative environment in Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates. Under the forward-looking vision of wise leadership, the UAE has focused on building a knowledge-based economy and is developing its legislative ecosystem to create the best society and economy, as well as become the best destination for trade, business, investment, talent and creatives.
In her speech at the ceremony, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, congratulated Bodour Al Qasimi, Honorary President of ERRA, for the launch of the first association of its kind in the Middle East, adding that it marks another important milestone for the creative community in the United Arab Emirates.
“Sharjah has always emphasized the power of books as a key driver of its cultural achievements and in nurturing creative young generations capable of representing their country in the world. When we see Bodour Al Qasimi leading ERRA, it makes us optimistic about the future of the publishing industry in the UAE. Her inspiring legacy is felt not only locally, but also internationally where, as President of the IPA, she spearheaded an array of tangible achievements in the publishing industry and book industry in many countries around the world,” said Al Kaabi.
The association’s brand identity was unveiled during the launch ceremony. A video projection testimony from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), described the journey of the creation of the first association dedicated to the protection of human rights. author in the UAE.
During the ceremony, Bodour Al Qasimi honored the strategic partners – Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Youth, Ministry of Community Development, Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), the Emirates Writers Union (EWU) and the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA).
The Honorary President of ERRA also paid tribute to the team responsible for building its fundamental and organizational framework, including Majd Al Shehhi, Director of ERRA; Rawan Al-Dabbas, Regional Director, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) – MENA; Fawzi Abdulaziz Al Jaberi, Director of the Department of Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Economy; Colonel Dr. Abdelrahman Al Muaini, Director of Organizational Development Office of Dubai Police and Secretary General of EIPA; Hoda Barakat, lawyer and legal consultant; Fatima Al Hosani, Director of the Department of Trademarks and Intellectual Works at the Ministry of Economy; and Shaima Nasser Al Aqel, head of international organizations at the Ministry of Economy.
The association’s strategy includes monitoring the reuse of print and digital works in schools, universities, copy and print centers and public libraries, in collaboration with relevant government entities.