News Updates for Members

March 30, 2011: The first day of the 4th regional consultation at Aruba Beach has been interesting. It has provided the RROs in the Caribbean with the opportunity to share their working experiences, and to recognise the prevalence of negative attitudes to licensing is a common threat. However, it has highlighted the critical importance of cultivating the skills and networks to strengthen our responses to complex challenges in the management of intellectual property.

The presence of Olav Stokkmo of IFRRO, Trevor Clarke of WIPO, Brian O'Donnell of Access Copyright and Registrars from the corporate and intellectual property offices at these meetings,is indicative of their importance to the development of collective management organisations in the Caribbean.

March 17, 2011: B-COPY will be hosting an awareness session for rightsholders and users at Accra Beach Hotel on March 31 during the after lunch session, 1.30-4.30 p.m.

Speakers will be drawn from the range of regional and international participants who will be on island for the 4th Caribbean Consultation and Regional Training Seminar for Caribbean RROs.

March 16, 2011: The B-COPY seminar on reprographic rights was presented to about seventy Department heads and senior teachers at Lester Vaughan School.  Teachers got the opportunity to ask questions in order to have their concerns about issues of licensing clarified.

This session represented a breaking of the ice and it is expected that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, will be contacted in order to advance the process of negotiation on behalf of rightsholders.

B-COPY extends its appreciation to Ms. Joy Gittens, Deputy Chief Education Officer, (ag).

March 14, 2011: B-COPY a seminar in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development. 

It takes place at The Lester Vaughan School at 3.30 p.m. on March 16.  It seeks to demistify issues related to reprographic reproduction rights and the importance of ensuring that schools and the Ministry obtain the appropriate licences to operate within the four corners of the law.

B-COPY now has a Facebook page where we have started advertising our events, such as the above mentioned seminar.

October 4, 2010: On October 1, B-COPY in conjunction with Brian O'Donnell from Access Copyright and consultant Carol Collins, met with the Barbados National Library Service, The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Library reps and the Director of the Media Resource Centre at the Ministry of Education to discuss the compilation of data for the establishment of a Caribbean Reprographic Database.

These discussions are part of a thrust to create a database that will assist in raising the levels of efficiency of RROs in the region to deliver the type of service to their members that will ensure confidence that the rights assigned to CMOs will be managed to the benefit of rightsholders.

The project is being conducted with assistance from WIPO, IFRRO and Access Copyright.

May 13, 2010: B-COPY wishes to extend heartiest congratulations to Kamau,born Lawson Edward Brathwaite, May 11, 1930, on his 80th birthday.

Kamau has won numerous awards in his distinguished career. They include the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Frank Collymore Endowment Prize, the Bussa Award and the Casa de las Americas Prize.  

Kamau is a respected scholar, playright and cultural antropologist. He also founded the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM) and is patron of Savacou. 

February 5, 2010: B-COPY is entering a critical phase of negotiation with Carrington and Sealy, the legal representatives for Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. One interesting issue is the notion that there is no evidence that there is widespread copying at Cave Hill. B-COPY challenges that notion and invites members to be more visible in their support for rights management. No man is an island and the value of collective management redounds to the benefit of all rights-holders. As a result, members must be break their self-imposed silence and invisibility.

B-COPY is also pursuing a licensing agreement with the Ministry of Education and Huma Resource Development. This license will cover the volume of copying that is done at schools through out the island to the economic disadvantage of writers, publishers and other rights holders. B-COPY posits that cultural industries will only become a reality when there is respect for intellectual property.