Sunday, 8 January 2012

Bahamas remiss in making copyright payments

I'm astonished by this story from The Tribune (no, not the one with the Group, if it even exists any more) about how a fund to pay rights owners for the use of their copyright material in The Bahamas has paid out nothing in the eleven years of its existence. Not a matter of earth-shattering importance, though significant to many of those waiting for their money I dare say: but I thought it was worth passing on.

It's a long-running saga, on the theme of small country being beaten up to make it do what the US film industry wants: see this blog entry from a few years ago. Thanks to Cathy Gellis for pointing out to me this additional (predictable) dimension to the story. Still hard to see why all that money has been sitting there with no mechanism to pay it out, though!

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