Friday, 29 April 2011

Cabinet OKs Copyright Act amendments in Jamaica

Title: Cabinet OKs Copyright Act amendments
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published:
Saturday | April 23, 2011


The article reports on information provided by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, regarding the amendments to the Copyright Act. Mentioned is the idea of allowing for 'a voluntary deposit system for copyright works to be hosted by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office'. Vaz also discusses an amendment that permit protection of 'first importers of sound recordings in Jamaica' with the first 'right of distribution'. Other amendments are also mentioned, including provision for orphan works and rights for libraries and archives to archive materials in digital formats.


Cabinet has given approval for amendments to the Copyright Act to allow for exemptions to access to copyright works by persons with visual or hearing disabilities.

In addition, the act will be amended to change the duration of copyright for works created by the Crown and corporate bodies, and the making of provisions for access to 'orphan works'.

The amended act will also clarify the rights in adapted works and extend the rights of libraries and archivists to archive materials that are in digital format.

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