CULTURAL POLICIES - In June, Jamaica approved a new Copyright Law. According to the Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, the Law will boost creative industries

End of June, the Jamaican Government approved a new Copyright Law. The new legislation is an important part of the legal architecture of encouraging creative industry investment in this country. According to many experts, Jamaica can become a hub where people operate creative businesses.

The Bill, which was passed on June 9 in the House of Representatives, extends copyright protection from 50 to 95 years, for content belonging to corporations.

Authors of literary works, dramatic, and musical creations will also enjoy the added protection.

Highlighting the benefits, Minister Golding said "corporate works... individual works, even the smallest creator of copyright can benefit, not only for himself, but for his family for a longer period of time."

The Justice Minister noted that Vision 2030 Jamaica has prioritised the creative industries as a key contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), given the vast amount of talent in the country, and the fact that Jamaica is a global brand in music, performances, and other intellectual property (IP) works.

July 15, 2015
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