Saturday, 26 September 2009

NEWS BRIEF: JAMCOPY celebrates 10 years of service

THE PANEL: Speakers at a JAMCOPY seminar in St. Andrew

The Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. In observance of the milestone, the body is kicking off a series of activities this week, commencing with a service at the Bethel Baptist Church in Half Way Tree, St Andrew on Sunday, September 27.

On Monday, an exhibition, “JAMCOPY: 10 years of fostering respect and facilitating access,” will be launched at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library at 4:00 p.m. This will be followed by the staging of a distinguished lecture on the topic: “Copyright and its contribution to the economic and cultural development of a nation” on Tuesday at the Western Jamaica Campus of the University of the West Indies, Mona, starting at 6:00 p.m. The presenter will be Dianne Daley, Intellectual Property Partner at the law firm, Foga Daley.

JAMCOPY is the national organisation that manages the reprographic reproduction rights of publishers and creators including writers, poets, journalists, playwright, photographers, illustrators and visual artists. Reprographic reproduction includes photocopying, facsimile, xerography, copying onto microfilm and duplicating.

According to General Manager of JAMCOPY, Carol Newman, under Jamaica’s Copyright Act, “creators and publishers have the exclusive right to decide when and how their work is reproduced, whether it’s being photocopied, scanned or downloaded.”

Set up in 1998, JAMCOPY represents the works or repertoire of creators and publishers from many countries, through bilateral agreements with other national reproduction rights organisations (RROs) across the world. JAMCOPY is a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), which has member organisations in some 34 countries.

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