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Intellectual Property Office responds to copyright claims: Posting Carnival pictures on Facebook no breach of law

guardian tt  logoPosting photographs on Facebook for personal purposes does not breach the law. This is according to Deputy Controller of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Tene Reece. She was responding to statements made by T&T Copyright Collection Organisation (TTCO) CEO Richard Cornwall about posting photographs of mas costumes on Facebook. On Carnival Sunday, Cornwall warned the public against posting photos of mas on Facebook because of possible copyright infringement...[Read more]

$23-m copyright payout

observerTHE Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) last week distributed $23 million in royalties to some 300 Jamaican creators and publishers of printed materials. It was the highest distribution ever from the 14-year-old agency. The payout was significantly more than last year, when creaters and publishers collected $14 million...[Read more]

Experts Needed - Growth Of Jamaican Music Stymied By A Lack Of Knowledge

gleaner...Hamilton said artistes need to place "more value on our copyright and to make sure that we properly register it." Earlier this week, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office hosted a workshop at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC) called 'How To Make A Living From Music'. While this is one of several workshops that the agency hosts from time to time, Joan Webley, manager of Copyright and Related Rights at JIPO, says a lot of persons know little or nothing about copyright... [Read More]

JAMCOPY Makes Tertiary-Level Writers' Payout

gleanerGuest speaker at Tuesday's disbursement function by the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY), Professor Errol Miller, did triple duty. Twice he gave the main address in which he spoke to the development of tertiary-level academic writing in Jamaica and the region, and a gift to former JAMCOPY chair Shirley Carby. And once he received a cheque in JAMCOPY's first payout to writers whose work is utilised at the tertiary level... [Read More]

Music Publisher Seeks Legitimacy Through Stock Market

gleaner..."Jamaica's creativity gives us global relevance and distinctiveness. It is high time we should be compensated for it," said chairman of JamCopy Mark Thomas at the Stocks & Securities forum to a mixed audience of investors and creators. "This is the time when you applaud," he said...[Read more]

JAMCOPY turns focus on tertiary institutions

observerTHE logs of tertiary level institutions will next month come under the radar of the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY), which represents the interests of Jamaican creators and publishers, as it seeks to zoom in on the use of the work of rights holders...[Read more]