Friday, 29 April 2011

Jamaican 1993 Copyright Act amendments approved by Cabinet

Title: Copyright Act to be amended
Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news
Date published: Saturday, 23 April 2011

The article reports on announcements made at a post-Cabinet press conference by the Minister for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz regarding amendments to the 1993 Copyright act of Jamaica with mention of several new provisions.

Cabinet has given approval for amendments to be made to the Copyright Act, 1993.
Amendments include: exemptions for access to copyright works by the print and hearing disabled; the duration of copyright for works created by the Crown and corporate bodies;making provision for access to ‘orphan works’; and clarifying rights in adapted works.
Others will involve extending the rights of Libraries and Archivists to archive material that is in digital format; and protecting first importers of sound recordings in Jamaica, by ensuring them the first right of distribution of same.

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