SAMROSouthern African Music Rights Organisation
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(29) SAMRO, traditionally confined to the administration of performing rights, took over the role once played by SARRAL (South African Recording Rights Association Limited), after the latter's demise, especially as many SARRAL members were also SAMRO members in respect of performing rights.
(32) Even SAMRO in South Africa, despite enjoying a relatively positive rating internationally, (33) and despite there being, generally, no regulatory framework for societies in South Africa, (34) has not been exempt from calls for government intervention in its affairs.
The adverse effects of not having a "communication to the public" right have been felt in a drastic manner in South Africa, where SAMRO's attempts to license new media users have often hit a brick wall.
Because of its success in collective management international entities prefer SAMRO as their licensing partner with regard to procuring a pan-African license.
In counterargument the Registrar of Copyright (who is responsible for supervising the activities of accredited societies), and SAMRO (on behalf of performers), expressed the position that SAMPRA was required to pay the performers' share to SAMRO, which would then distribute it among its performer members; and further that the share should be 50% of the collected license fees.
(24.) Perhaps this arises from the fact that authors/composers can be a member of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the South African performing rights organization (PRO) and the most important royalty administration body, without having to be associated with a publisher.
Thus a banking operation publisher would be able to earn performing royalties from a PRO such as SAMRO, without having done anything with regard to the broadcast or public performance of the musical works.
(28.) SAMRO has traditionally administered performing rights, with SARRAL (the South African Recording Rights Association Limited) and NORM (the National Organisation for Reproduction Rights in Music in Southern Africa) administering mechanical rights.
(33.) SAMRO pays millions of rands in royalties to foreign societies every year, and its senior managers have often served in various committees and organs of CISAC, including its board.
(39.) In a one-on-one interview prior to his stepping down as SAMRO CEO.