KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for amendments to be made to the Copyright Act, 1993.
Speaking on April 20 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz said that drafting instructions have also been given to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.
Mr. Vaz said that the amendments will allow for a voluntary deposit system for copyright works, to be hosted by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO).
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.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter