In 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a meeting on Copyright for Caribbean Heads of Intellectual Property in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In this meeting, the Caribbean Heads of Intellectual Property Office recommended the need for exploring a regulatory framework for the collective management of rights and collection management organisations (CMOs) in the Caribbean to promote the use of the copyright system to extract greater economic value.
Arising out of this meeting, WIPO’s Copyright and Creative Industries Sector has embarked on a Project aimed towards establishing an effective and efficient collective management of copyright and neighbouring rights across the Caribbean region. As part of this Project, WIPO has hired two consultants to assess the different legal and regulatory frameworks on collective management of copyright and neighbouring rights across the region and tariffs.
As part of the assessment, CMOs will be contacted by the WIPO consultants. The assessment will be delivered in 3 phases with the final version expected to be delivered in April, 2020.