COSCAP on top of digital piracy

Copyright body looking to enhance police training to make their job easier

  Efforts are being made to equip the enforcers of the island’s copyright and anti-piracy laws with the necessary skills to better do their jobs in a rapidly changing environment.

Erica Smith
Erica Smith

Chief executive officer of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP), Erica Smith, said today although piracy had taken on a new face, the body had not been caught sleeping.

“We have reached out to the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) and we will have a meeting in a couple months with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry where we are going to be looking at doing training in the enforcement issues in the digital environment.

“So we have supported training for the various enforcement agencies, police customs, etcetera, in the past with traditional piracy and counterfeit products, but now we have asked our partners to assist us in offering support in the digital environment and really working with the police to revitalize and further support the Copyright Unit of the Force, she told Barbados TODAY.

She said the organization had a plan of action to deal with the issue of piracy.

“Already we are a little bit late, but we need to change our practices, our methods, to suit the new environment. The legislation that is in place right now, it generally suffices. There are a few very specific areas that we would like to have reviewed but generally I would have to say that our legislation suffices,” Smith said.

Her comments came as COSCAP, in collaboration with CAIPO, awarded students who participated in the Guardians Of Music Sing A Tune competition.

Launched in December last year, the contest provided an opportunity for secondary school students to further explore their creative side.

The overall winner of the competition was Tamisha King of Alma Parris Secondary School while Adrianna Mayers of the Foundation School placed second. Third and fourth place went to Aaron Austin and Kade Mascoll respectively, both students of St Leonard’s Boys’ School.


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