URSB organised a stakeholder engagement for UFMI members on February 11, 2016 who congregated at Uganda National Cultural Centre. Participation was largely made up of Film Producers, Directors, Actors and support staff of the federation. Over 300 participants were in attendance. Facilitation of the workshop was by URSB and Uganda Police (especially in relation to enforcement of rights)
The objective of the workshop was:
To provide information on how best the participants can protect their creations using the protection provided by the Copyright Law
To provide information on benefits of registration and formalization of their businesses
Create a collaborative ongoing relationship with the federation
The participants expressed concern in areas where they require to be helped to ensure they promote their creations and advance the film industry. The Registrar General of URSB Bemanya Twebaze noted the role played by the film industry as being vital in the development of the country since it is a source of income to its members. He noted that ‘The services of the audiovisual industry are closely linked to the preservation of cultural identity and social values, and play a major role in shaping public opinion, safeguarding democratic systems and developing creative potential” . He pledged to continue sensitizing the public in order to create more awareness about copyright.