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Creators & Publishers

The Barbados Copyright Act gives creators and publishers the exclusive right to reproduce their work.  It would be difficult for each rightsholder to administer this right individually given the extensive demand for copies of copyright works. Persons needing permission to make copies would also have difficulty locating and negotiating with individual rightsholders.

B-COPY represents a one-stop shop for users where they can obtain legal and convenient access on reasonable terms.

Benefits of Joining B-COPY

By joining B-COPY, creators and publishers administer their rights collectively which presents an efficient alternative. Other benefits of joining B-COPY include:

  • Better control of the amount of copying done
  • Assured remuneration from the license fees collected from users
  • International protection of their works through B-COPY's reciprocal agreements with RROs in other countries; these countries give the same protection to B-COPY's authors as they give to their own nationals
  • Benefiting from any legal action that B-COPY may initiate to obtain remedy for copyright infringement
  • Educating users of copyright work, through collective action, about the need to respect copyright and comply with the law

Eligibility for Joining

Creators and publishers of literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works can join B-COPY if they have at least one original work published in printed form.

These include:

  • writers
  • poets
  • journalists
  • painters
  • sculptors
  • graphic designers
  • illustrators
  • playwrights
  • songwriters
  • composers
  • cartographers

Publishing categories include books, magazines, journals, newspapers and music. Both individual creators and organisations that are rightsholders themselves or which have been assigned copyright by creators can join B-COPY.

Copyright holders join B-COPY by signing an Affiliation Agreement.  This agreement authorises B-COPY to manage their reproduction rights on their behalf.