Copyright protection needs to be enforced

first_imgDear Editor,For some time now I have been visiting lots of bookstores, also in the markets, buying books and published material for my children and myself.I note with a great deal of interest that most books today selling in our markets and bookstores are photocopied books; that’s a violation of copyright laws both nationally and internationally.I observed that books such as: Junior English, First Aid in English, CXC text books in every subject area, books by Caribbean writers like VS Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Ian McDonald, Martin Carter, Wilson Harris and the long list goes on and on when it comes to ‘book piracy’ and our past and present government have Sdone nothing about it.I am scared to bring my books that were published abroad and launch them here because my first book published here was pirated by many schools and storeowners and it’s hard to track down everyone and if you take them to court you can lose your case because the copyright laws are not enforced here.What is really happening to the laws of our country? On every corner we can see laws are broken every day by corrupt people in our society. What is copyright? Does it apply to our country?“Copyright is a type of protection provided by law to authors of original works of authorship, inclusive of literary, drama, musical, artistic and some other intellectual works.’’Guyana is a signatory to the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. In addition, other copyright legal provisions are enacted in the Copyright Act 1956 of the United Kingdom to which Guyana acceded in 1966.The problem, however, is that these copyright provisions are not enforced in Guyana. Guyana is among 121 countries that were party to the Berne Convention on March 2, 1997. Since Guyana is a signatory of the Berne Convention, why is it not being enforced?Why is Guyana a signatory of a convention she has no intention to implement? It’s about time our law makers try to have an understanding of copyright laws to protect our authors, singers, etc.This law must be passed in Parliament and all pirated photocopy books, exam papers, DVDs, CDs must be removed from the shelves in every store and market stall in Guyana.Our writers here suffer a lot, like myself, because we only have four newspapers, which makes it hard to employ our writers to get jobs. Even many agencies hardly have job positions for writers and editors. I say this from my personal experience and most papers pay columnists very cheap or don’t want to pay them because many politicians write columns here for free, making it very difficult for our Guyanese writers like myself.Why are copyright laws not enforced after fifty years of Independence? We have copyright laws in Guyana but they are not enforced. If they were enforced, then the owners of these stores selling photocopy books would have been picked up by the police, they would have been sent to prison or pay some heavy court fines like in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and many big nations.I also see the piracy of CDs and DVDs has now become a normal business in this country from the very big store owners to sellers in the streets.Many young children are dropping out of schools just to earn a living by selling pirated DVDs and CDs.It’s very sad to know that writers’ text books or any other books of poetry, fiction, etc are being pirated and sold in the streets and in the stores and the writer cannot do anything about it. It’s sad to know because the writer will take years to write a book and will invest a huge sum of money to get his/her book published.It’s very sad to know that many of our Guyanese singers will take years to compose their songs on a CD, travel out of Guyana to get their songs recorded then suddenly their CD is being sold in the streets and CD shops for 0 and seven for 0.Since we are a member of Caricom then we must follow and adhere to the principles of other Caricom States. It looks bad when a Caribbean writer visit our country to see his/her book being sold as a photocopy book.What we need in Guyana is a publishing house or a good printing press at the Ministry of Education to re-publish books written by Caribbean author’s that will be easily available to students at a reduced price. In an interview some time ago with Hansib Publisher Arif Ali and Petamber Persaud about copyright, Ali said that he can publish text books cheaper for Guyana if our government can work with him. Even singer Dave Martins said that copyright laws must be enforced in Guyana, because it will put more revenue into the government’s treasury.What we need in Guyana is a writers/authors union where writers are represented, meaning they can take a storeowner to court for selling their books and that storeowner will have to compensate the writer financially if found guilty. The same should apply for artistes.This looks like a long hard road for us to travel, but it can be done if we work together to enforce the copyright laws in our country.Yours faithfully,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

Arsenal in shock Essien bid

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, August 31- Arsenal have made an audacious attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on loan the DailyMail reports.Arsene Wenger wants to add a defensive midfielder to his ranks before Friday’s transfer deadline and strides have been taken to recruit the Ghana international on a season-long loan. Essien is down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and it is understood Roberto Di Matteo would consider letting him leave on loan.Whether the Blues would be willing to send a player to one of their direct rivals remains to be seen, though Chelsea did allow Yossi Benayoun move to the Emirates Stadium last season.Meanwhile, Wenger will trust the power of love to keep Theo Walcott at Arsenal but the parties are no closer to reaching an agreement.An uneasy truce has been struck to allow today’s transfer deadline to pass with a view to holding further talks later this year.But Walcott’s faith in Wenger and the club has been shaken over the past few days, when he was dropped at Stoke and hit with a thinly-veiled ultimatum to sign or be sold.He does not want to leave, but told Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis he will not sign a five-year contract worth £75,000 a week. Walcott’s current deal expires in June.Bendtner on verge of joining Juve on loanArsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner is on the verge of completing a loan move to Italian champions Juventus, it was reported Thursday.ANSA news agency said the deal had yet to become official but that Juventus had “practically secured the services of Nicklas Bendtner”.It said: “The player will be loaned with the possibility of signing permanently for a fixed sum of 5million euros.”The report added that Bendtner was “expected in Turin later Thursday and could undergo a medical on Friday”.Juventus’s move to bring the Danish international to Turin comes less than 24 hours after their last-ditch attempt to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.Berbatov had been expected in Italy, to sign for Fiorentina, on Wednesday after agreeing terms but did not show despite the Florence club paying for flights for the Bulgarian.Fiorentina later hit out at Juventus for late interference in the deal, which has ultimately left Berbatov on the verge of signing for Fulham.Liverpool flop Caroll in loan move to West HamLiverpool striker Andy Carroll ended months of speculation over his future by joining West Ham on a season-long loan on Thursday.Carroll’s future at Anfield has been in doubt since Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted the England forward might be an awkward fit for the smooth passing style he wants the Reds to use.West Ham and Carroll’s former club Newcastle both made approaches for the 23-year-old several weeks ago and, after Liverpool failed to secure a better offer, it is the Hammers who have won the race for his signature.The deal is likely to bring an end to Carroll’s disappointing spell with Liverpool as West Ham have agreed an option to sign him on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee at the end of this season.It is a major coup for newly-promoted West Ham and boss Sam Allardyce, who briefly worked with Carroll at Newcastle, and the forward could make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Fulham at Upton Park.“It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up. I just can’t wait to get started now,” Carroll told the east London club’s website.Inter’s Maicon set for Man City move Inter Milan said they are willing to let Maicon leave for Manchester City, as reports continued to claim the clubs are negotiating a transfer fee for the highly-rated Brazilian defender.Maicon’s contract with the Nerazzurri will expire at the end of next season, meaning he could leave Inter for free in June 2013.Although neither club has officially announced news of the deal, speculation is gathering pace ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline and Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni has said he would not stand in Maicon’s way.“It’s not a totally new situation,” Stramaccioni said according to the ANSA news agency.“In the right-back position I have (Javier) Zanetti and Jonathan (Moreira), although Maicon has very unique qualities.“Let’s see what happens. If he stays, then great. Otherwise, we’d be willing to say farewell to a great player.”QPR capture GraneroReal Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has become the latest player to sign for Queens Park Rangers during the current transfer window, the English Premier League club announced late Thursday.The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee after making 60 appearances for Los Blancos.“He is a great player, first and foremost,” said QPR manager Mark Hughes. “You don’t play at a club like Real Madrid if you’re not,” added the Welshman, who as a player had a spell with Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona.“He has been there from the age of nine, so this has been a huge decision for him,” said Hughes, whose side only narrowly avoided relegation last term and have yet to win in the top flight this season after two games.“He is very well regarded there and for him to leave a club of that stature to come to us shows the belief he has in what we are trying to do.“He has got great energy and is technically very gifted, as you would expect from a Real Madrid player.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa on verge of completing deal for Iceland star nicknamed ‘Thor’

first_imgBirkir Bjarnason is to fly to England today to wrap up a switch to Aston Villa.The FC Basel midfielder has already rejected an offer to join Turkish giants Trabzonspor this winter and will instead continue his career in the Championship at Villa Park.According to reports in Switzerland, Bjarnason is to have a medical with Villa today after reaching an agreement with the club on personal terms and being given permission by Basel to travel.The Iceland international, who is known as ‘Thor’ in his homeland, had said before Christmas that he would only leave Basel to move to either England or Germany – specifying the Premier League as his dream.Bjarnason, however, has now been persuaded to drop down into the Championship by Aston Villa, though he joins a side with the infrastructure and support of a Premier League club.Basel had expected to lose the 28-year-old last summer after his fine performances at Euro 2016 with Iceland. Birkir Bjarnason in action for FC Basel 1last_img read more

FIFA open investigation into Robbie Brady over incident with Ashley Williams

first_img1 FIFA has confirmed it is investigating an incident involving Robbie Brady and Ashley Williams that occured during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying victory in Wales.Television cameras captured Ireland midfielder Brady apparently flicking his head in the direction of the Welsh defender’s back during the game, prompting suggestions that he could be banned on video evidence for next month’s play-off first leg.A FIFA spokesman revealed the governing body is currently “gathering information” in relation to the incident.However, pundits Keith Andrews and Craig Bellamy did not believe there was too much to it, and it is understood the Ireland camp is relaxed over the matter.Brady has already served two suspensions during the Republic’s Group D campaign having collected four bookings.He was one of the stars of his country’s Euro 2016 finals campaign, where he headed them to a 1-0 victory over Italy and then converted an early penalty in the 2-1 defeat by hosts France in the last 16. Robbie Brady appeared to headbutt Ashley Williams last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: GAA LEGEND Anthony Molloy is said to be ‘devastated’ after flogging investments in a scheme run by convicted fraudster Francois de Dietrich.He is the second GAA star to be named as being an agent for ETIC Solutions, the Ballybofey-based business run by French crook de Dietrich.Molloy has refused to comment on how or why he became involved with de Dietrich. Donegaldaily has tried for a number of weeks to get a comment from Mr Molloy.Now a close friend has told us: “Anthony has had such a hard time. He believed in Francois and believed the investment scheme he introduced so many friends to was legitimate. Many did get good returns.“Others however appear to have lost a fortune. Now it is sinking in that de Dietrich is a convicted conman with a very long record in France.“It also appears he cleaned out other people before setting up ETIC. Anthony is so sorry he was taken in by him. He is entirely innocent in all of this. “He is still getting over the (car) crash as well.”Three weeks ago Mr Molloy survived a car crash in south Donegal which left a Sligo man dead.Tonight a source close to Molloy told us: “Anthony cannot apologise enough to people who lost money. He is hoping that all of them will get their money back and is advising people to take legal advice and to make a claim to the Financial Services Authority in the North who have seized Stg£20M.”Last week another leading GAA figure in the county – Tommy Ryan – was named as an ETIC agent in a Dublin High Court case taken by two Donegal businessmen who successfully froze an AIB Ballybofey account with €1.7M lodged in it.De Dietrich is on the run – wanted by cops in the North after fleeing a Europe-wide warrant for his arrest. The UK Financial Services Authority has frozen account and assets worth more than £20M.Cigar-smoking de Dietrich has already been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for contempt.MORE TO FOLLOW:Send your stories in confidence to FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: GAA LEGEND ANTHONY MOLLOY ‘DEVASTATED’ BY SCHEME was last modified: February 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Missouri process to certify minors as adults challenged

first_img(AP) – A 16-year-old is challenging how Missouri certifies minors as adults in the face of criminal charges.The minor’s public defender argued to Missouri Supreme Court judges Wednesday that the state’s process for certifying juveniles as adults is unconstitutional and discriminatory.Court records only identify the black 16-year-old as D.E.G. He was certified as an adult in Jackson County and is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.His lawyer cited 2017 court data that show black minors were close to six times more likely to be certified as adults compared to white minors.D.E.G’s attorney added that he might turn 18 before he’s able to appeal his certification as an adult under Missouri’s current process.An attorney for Jackson County’s juvenile officer says the certification process provides due process.last_img read more

Queen furious over Commonwealth Games controversy: Report

first_imgThe British Queen is said to be furious over allegations of corruption involving a UK-based firm and the baton relay of the Commonwealth Games which is to be held in New Delhi this October, a media report said.The baton relay, which bears a message from the Queen and is carried by runners around the world before it arrives in host city, has been sullied by claims that it has been used by the London-based Indian-owned firm, AM Films UK, to cash in on the Royal brand, ‘Sunday Express’ reported.In fact, the Commonwealth Games organising committee is alleged to have paid AM Films UK, over 450,000 pounds for laying on cars and associated services for the London launch of the baton relay last October, attended by the Queen and Indian President Pratibha Patil, without any proper paperwork.Now, the Queen is in a “cold fury” over the affair which she sees as besmirching the symbolic baton, the British newspaper said, without quoting any Buckingham Palace source.Even Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games organising committee, has admitted there was no written contract under which payments were made to the company.The CWG organising committee has also formed a three-member panel to look into the allegations that an email from the Indian High Commission in Britain, which it claimed recommended AM Films for the Queen’s Baton Relay inaugural in October last year, was tampered with.The Commission has denied recommending AM Films.Three senior Commonwealth Games organising committee members have also resigned or been suspended over allegations of corruption.advertisementThe Commonwealth Games will be held in the New Delhi from October 3 to 14.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather – the man behind the money: All the crimes he has done

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementFloyd Mayweather might be the greatest boxer of this era and his record of 50-0 is proof of that. He has beaten 24 world champions which is a record in itself.Over the years he has made a lot of money, in fact, he announced last year that his career earnings have eclipsed $1 Billion and he is only the third athlete in history to cross that magical number after Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.As great as boxer Floyd Mayweather is inside the ring, he has an equally dark past. He has a history of alleged domestic violence case against him. Although, he has always said that there is no photographic evidence against him. Whenever anyone tries to bring his past, he subtly answers: “Only God can judge me“.“Everything has been allegations,” Mayweather told The Guardian in 2015, despite court cases that said otherwise. “Nothing has been proven. So that’s life.”When the news organization pressed him about the contradiction, Mayweather responded, “Once again, no pictures, just hearsay and allegations.”But as much as Floyd would say that there has never been photographic evidence of his misdeed, he has served jail time.The very first case filed against him was back in 2001, he punched Melissa Brimm the mother of his daughter Iyanna, in the neck during an argument over child support at a Las Vegas mall. In March 2002, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he pleaded guilty to two counts of battery against Brim and received a suspended sentence.A Twitter user compiled a list of domestic violence and misdemeanour charges filed against Floyd Mayweather and it’s very sickening.Floyd Mayweather, ladies and gentlemen.— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) July 11, 2017Does this list change your perception about Floyd Mayweather?Also Read:Floyd Mayweather plans to fight in Japan before Manny Pacquiao rematchlast_img read more

Nations League: Harry Kane scores as Engalnd beat Croatia 2-1

first_imgKane, Ron do the ‘trick Harry Kane fired England into the Nations League semi-finals as Gareth Southgate’s side scored twice in the last 12 minutes to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Croatia yesterday. England were on the brink of relegation to the second tier of the competition after Andrej Kramaric gave Croatia the lead against the run of play in the second half at Wembley. But Southgate’s vibrant young side pulled off a stirring escape act in the closing stages to gain a measure of revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia earlier this year.Related News Jesse Lingard came off the bench to poach England’s equaliser and captain Kane was on hand to turn in the winner with five minutes left. England’s fightback took them to the top of Group A4, above Spain and relegated Croatia, and they can look forward to playing in the last four in June next year. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever England, France seal their place in Euro 2020 England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in Londonlast_img read more