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Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad warned about copyright infringement

observerNEW YORK (CMC) - The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), has placed Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on a watch list of countries that have failed to make the adequate copyright payments for US musical compositions aired in the broadcast media. The USTR also decided to retain Jamaica although the country has taken steps to enforce regulations related to copyright payments... [Read more]

Four Caribbean Writers Make Commonwealth Short Story Shortlist 2013

susumba logoFour Caribbean writers have been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize. The regional finalists for the prestigious literary competition hail from Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas. Interestingly, this year’s shortlist has been dominated by female writers. None of the Caribbean writers are male and there are only a total of six male writers shortlisted. Trinidad and Tobago’s Barbara Jenkins ('A Good Friday') and Sharon Millar ('The Whale House') as well as Bahamians Janice Lynn ('Mango Summer') and A. L. Major ('Antonya’s Baby Shower on Camperdown Road') are the finalists from the Caribbean region...[Read more]

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]