CLASS invites its members to attend its 14th AGM 

CLASS will hold its 14th Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria Street, directly opposite the National Library, on June 30, 2014.

Invitation letters and documents including the financial statements on the Society are being sent to members who should receive them in the first week of June.

Among the items in the AGM agenda include the re-election of directors to the CLASS Board.

All members are requested to attend the AGM, which will start from noon to 2pm, to be followed by a buffet lunch.

CLASS to help needy students again this year

CLASS is poised yet again to help needy students studying at the universities and polytechnics with financial assistance this year.

Under its Bursary Scheme, CLASS plans to help 35 such tertiary students with monetary aid worth $2,000 each for university students and $1,000 for each polytechnic student.

This year’s bursary will total $50,000, compared to last year’s amount of $45,000 that had benefited 30 such students. The CLASS Bursary Scheme was launched in Year 2011 with $20,000. It has since provided assistance to more than 60 students.

The students were selected by their schools from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore Institute of Management, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and the five polytechnics from Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Singapore and Temasek.

This year’s bursary will be the fourth successive annual award given by CLASS, which is a not-for-profit copyright management and collecting organization established by academic book publishers and authors to protect their intellectual property rights through licensing and the distribution of royalties.

CLASS’ Chief Executive Mr Paul Wee says: “The bursary is part of our organization’s initiative to contribute to local education in addition to granting easy access to books and other publications belonging to our publisher and author members and affiliated members worldwide.”

He adds : “The bursary illustrates how CLASS as a not-for-profit copyright licensing organization, does not only collect royalties from users but also gives back as appropriately to those in need.”

The bursary fund comes from copyright licence fees that have been donated by members and other rights-owners.

As a copyright administration organization of academic works, CLASS licenses and collects royalties from educational institutes in Singapore, including universities, polytechnics, all MOE schools, colleges and other educational institutions. In addition, it also represents rights-owners from its foreign sister organizations.

CLASS & Copyright Agency form a strategic copyright alliance 

CLASS and Australia’s Copyright Agency (CA) have formally established a strategic alliance which is aimed at adding value for its members and affiliated rights-owners in Singapore and Australia, as well as copyright users in both countries.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CLASS’ CEO Paul Wee and CA’s International Relations Director, Jim Alexander, in Singapore on April 29.

As not-for-profit organizations, both CLASS and CA are their respective countries’ principal copyright management and collecting societies for book publishers, author and visual artists. They help to protect their members’ interest and also act on behalf of other foreign affiliated rights-holders through copyright licensing and in the distribution of collected royalties.

With the MOU in place, CA will help manage the licensing of the commercial sector involving businesses and large corporations in Singapore with CLASS, which has until now been involved only in Statutory licensing that concentrates on the education sector, such as schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities.

Bolstered by CA’s more experienced and well established copyright management, CLASS is confident that commercial licensing in Singapore will be as successful as it has been in Australia where the annual copyright royalties collected for rights-holders total more than $120million.

Both CLASS and CA, which are members of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) are also concurrently working in earnest to help establish a copyright collecting society in Malaysia.

As the head of the IFRRO’s Asia Pacific Committee, CA’s General Manager Ms Caroline Morgan, and  CLASS’ CEO Paul Wee, who acts as IFRRO’s Asia Development Representative, they have been active in helping to establish similar licensing and collecting societies in Asia.

So far, the CA-CLASS team has already set up such copyright management agencies in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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CA’s International Affairs Director Jim (left) signing the MOU
with CLASS’ CEO, Paul Wee