Please see the following links for the media release on Use of Copyrighted Music At Carnival Events and the decision of the Honourable Madame Justice Quinlan-Williams in CV2018-04838 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COPYRIGHT COLLECTION ORANISATION AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AND THE CONTROLLER OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE
In Claim No. CV2018-04838 between TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COPYRIGHT COLLECTION ORANISATION and THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO and THE CONTROLLER OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE, the Honourable Madame Justice Quinlan-Williams determined at paragraph 8 of the judgment, “…the Media Release dated 24th January 2018 which states, in part, “Event promoters bear the responsibility to determine which CMO(s) represents the copyrighted musical works and sound recordings to be used” cannot be read alone or in isolation of the other paragraphs. When considered in totality, the Media Release was an accurate reflection of the architecture established by the Copyright Act Chapter 82:02. It correctly set out the obligations and responsibilities of the parties.” Therefore, CMOs can only represent their members.
All CMOs in Trinidad and Tobago are private entities incorporated under the Companies Act, Chap 81:01 and are not Government departments or agencies.