She said the agreement only allows the institution rights to make reproductions from copyrighted materials to a certain extent as it is not a replacement of sales of books.
Mrs. Mwenya said the society has engaged over 20 institutions around the capital of Lusaka to try and negotiate the signing of licensing agreements and ZARRSO hopes that now that government has issued a circular the process begins to move faster and are very positive that more licenses will be signed.
She also disclosed that ZARRSO will be working closely with the Copyright Office at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and the Zambia Police Intellectual Property Unit and other stake holders in terms of enforcement.
ZARRSO's operations are similar to ZAMCOPS the difference is that ZAMCOPS deals with Music while ZARRSO deals with licensing of literary and artistic works.
Meanwhile, Government through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services has issued a circular discouraging the public from engaging in illegal reproduction of literary works.
It is therefore a timely development for the society is engaging institutions of learning in its bid to curb the scourge.