Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Growth of creative industries sector requires awareness-building

THE task of establishing the Caribbean Creative Industries sector and of building a system to guarantee its success and sustainability requires the full support of all stakeholders.

This was the position coming from Heather Clarke, Registrar of the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office at the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS) conference at the Barbados Beach Club last week.

She said that while the provision of resources, including incentives to our creators, as well as the training of our enforcement and judicial officials remains critical to the sustainability of the sector, other things must be done.

“It is evident that as a region and as a jurisdiction, our major task in the continued growth of the sector must rest quite strongly on the success of our activities which are geared towards awareness building and respect for our creators as professionals and for their creations as well as our rights holders,” Ms. Clarke said.

“This I believe will continue to be our greatest challenge. This challenge sends out a signal call not only to our Regional Intellectual Property Offices but our Collective Management Organisations such as the ACCS and our own COSCAP which continue to represent the interest of their membership at all levels, particularly in the current economic environment,” she added. (NB)

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