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#404514 - 04/09/11 10:43 AM Copyright Awareness Rising
Marty Offline

Copyright legislation was passed in Belize in the year two thousand - but according to a new copyright advocacy group, piracy is still widespread.

The Belize book industry association celebrated International book day today with the second annual bookfair and the launching of the Belize Copyright licensing agency, referred to as "BECLA."

They are promoting publishing, reading and the protection of copyright laws. They says its about sustaining, supporting and protecting book publishing in Belize:…

Jorge Aldana, Treasurer

"Please promote the idea of books. Books will not go away, believe you me, when all the cd's rot and all the computers dissolve, there will be at least one book that remains."

Monsterrat Casademunt, Chair - BECLA

"Piracy has a most devastating effect both on copyright industries and on nation's economy. Some 300 billion of photocopies of copyright materials are made worldwide. The shear volume of photocopy represents a threat to the creative industries, if right holders are not properly remunerated."

Luciola Castillo, National Library Services

"Belize still has a growing literal society and in promoting that they want to establish that the community has some viable mains of producing their work and if writers, singers and artist and

everyone that has some creativity, produces it and there is a copyright for it then we know that they will benefit from it. On the other hand if there no copyright to make sure that they are owners of what their intellectual property is then we will have a free for all society and that is not what we want to produce. We want to produce free for all information but not a free for all society that has everyone pirating everything so that we can make a quick buck out of it but at the same time forgetting the artists themselves because Belize does have a copyright law, however the entire society is not being educated on it, so we are using this venue as one of the educational forums for that."

Events under the same theme will be held throughout the coming week…

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#404744 - 04/12/11 10:00 AM Re: Copyright Awareness Rising [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

World Intellectual Property Organization discuss future of copyright

Mary-Ann Richards

Book Week 2011 is currently underway and this year the emphasis is being placed on intellectual property rights. On Friday, the Belize Copyright Licensing Agency was formally introduced and in keeping with the series of events scheduled for the celebration, a public presentation was held this morning. Guest speaker at the forum was Mary Ann Richards, the regional consultant and coordinator of the World Intellectual Property Organization. She spoke on the need for awareness and about the pros and cons of the global intellectual property system.

Mary-Ann Richards, Regional Consultant, WIPO

“Everybody in the world is either a creator of Intellectual Property or a user of intellectual property. So you need to build the awareness of their knowledge of it: if they own it, how they protect it, how they exploit it—because it has very often financial implications. You can make a living now because it is knowledge-based, you can actually make a living from the skills and talents that you have. So we need to create that awareness at all levels because it is going to affect your policies, it affects your education system. Who do you create and how do you create your people who will be your poets, your authors, your song writers, your calypsonians, your engineers, your inventors. So it goes across the board and touches almost every sector of the society. Sports people tell me that there is certain things that I.P. doesn’t touch on and I said you call one sector or industry or ministry for me and I will show you how it is relevant. People tell me sports; critically important. We all know about sportsmen who have become multimillionaires not because they are playing on field, but because of all the I.P. rights that they have—whether it’s in their image, in the clothing that they sell, that carry their brand name, their mark, etc.”

Another meeting with stakeholders of intellectual property on culture, copyright and innovation is scheduled for April thirteenth at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.

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