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Regional governments are being slammed for what is being seen as their disregard for intellectual property rights rights.

The criticism comes from the St Lucia based Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies ACCS in light of moves being taken to waive IP rights during the staging of Carifesta, which is taking place in Surinam this month.

In a letter Surinam’s Minister for Education and Community Development, the organization says it has learnt that the organizers of Carifesta are putting forward a claim that the respective governments of Caricom member states which have sent delegations to Carifesta have caused the participants to sign a waiver, exempting the organizers from copyright liability, for works that might be performed during the festival.

Mr Steve Etienne who heads ACCS told RCI news that the arrangement is null and void because the individuals being asked to waive the IP rights are not the original owners and do not have the authority to do so.

Mr Etienne notes that ACCS has advised the organizers of Carifesta of the error and the organization is hopeful thet the situation can be resolved amicably.

Head of the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies Steve Etienne

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