Saturday, 29 August 2009

Amendments coming to Jamaica's Copyright Act

Title: Copyright Act to Incorporate Internet Treaties
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS): KINGSTON
Date Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The article outlines proposed amendments to Jamaica's Copyright Act. The proposed amendments will include newer regulations for Internet treaties. The concerns of several stakeholders are also highligthed, in particular, those from the library sector and those in the music industry. The findings of a World Intellectual Property Organisation study of the contribution of intellectual property to Jamaica's economy is also mentioned.

Brief background information on the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) is offered in the latter paragraphs of the article.

The Copyright Act is to be amended, to incorporate provisions of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) 'Internet Treaties'.

This was disclosed by Manager, Copyrights and Related Rights Directorate at the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Miss Philippa Davies, during a seminar on Copyrights... at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), on Half Way Tree Road.

"For example, the libraries have put forward a proposal that there be exemptions for the visually impaired to make copies of work without having to get permission from the author or without having to pay high royalties. That means converting a printed work into braille," Miss Davies said.

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