Norcode’s main objective is to contribute in building the cultural infrastructure in developing countries and strengthen the situation of the rights holders. A strengthened cultural field is an important contribution in building national identity and promote human rights. Collective management organisations will be a positive contributor to the economic growth of their countries, through their collections from users of intellectual property. On an international level the creative industries are playing an increasingly important role, both economically and politically. These industries build a significant part of their activities on the base of copyright and related rights.
Norcode follows up requests for support from writers, visual artists, musicians and other rightsholders and their collective management organisations in a number of developing countries. The activities is conducted using the following strategies:
- Provide an introduction to international conventions and training and assistance in developing legislation
- Work to develop basic organisations for holders of copyright and related rights
- Support the formation of organisations for collective rights management and other organisational and technical projects which aim to strengthen right holders’ interests
The association is not aiming to promote its own or its members´ financial interests.
Norcode is funded by financial support from its owners. The five Norwegian CMOs support for Norcode is based on agreements for three years at a time. In addition Norcode has succeeded in negotiating a three years agreement on co-funding with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad. Norcode has also successfully applied for project grants from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Norcode has a small and effective administration that cooperates closely with a competent and active board. In addition, Norcode has several available resources both in their founding organisations and through its national and international network.
For further information on Norcode´s present projects see Programs.