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Culture Minister not aware of provisions in copyright law

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  • Culture Minister unaware about Intellectual Property Rights laws
  • Grenada’s copyright law provides guidance for communicating and public display of copyright works

Culture Minister Norland Cox is unaware of the Intellectual Property Rights laws in Grenada which speak against the illegal streaming of events using the various forms of social media platforms.

“That in itself is quite a difficult task, I am not clear as to what sort of legislation we have that can treat or to be used to confiscate someone’s cell phone,” he responded when asked to share the strategy that will be adopted by the Spicemas Corporation (SMC) to combat illegal streaming of Carnival activities.

“I don’t know in terms of the magnitude of the problem or if it is a problem,” he said while expressing his belief that illegal streaming cannot influence a person’s decision to attend or not attend an event.

“If somebody taking five minutes of a show and streaming it how that has or if that has any influence on someone attending a show or not attend a show? I cannot see that as a big issue because knowing our people they like to experience things live,” he told reporters while answering questions in the weekly Tuesday morning post-cabinet briefing.

The minister also said that the SMC has put structures in place for some final shows to be available via a pay per view option, so there should be no reason for illegal streaming of events.

However, Grenada’s copyright law which came into effect on 26 April 2012 provides guidance for the communicating and public display of copyright works.

The legislation says that the owner of copyright shall among other things have the exclusive right to authorise, or prohibit: reproduction of the work; translation of the work; adaptation, arrangement, or other transformation of the work; public display of the original, or a copy of the work; public performance of the work, including cable programme services; broadcasts of the work, including cable television service broadcasts and communication to the public of the work.

Most recently the United States Trade Office in its Special 301 report for 2018 said that the United States continued to engage with members of the Caribbean Community and other governments in the region on concerns regarding inadequate and ineffective IP protection and enforcement, including ongoing broadcast television and satellite signal piracy and unlicenced and uncompensated use of copyrighted music.

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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

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