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Improve your understanding of music piracy and how it can affect the music that you love to play.

When a person creates a musical work, they are the owner of that work and is free to decide on its use. Such a person, usually called the "creator", "author" or "owner of rights" thus is entitled to determine the destiny of the work. By local Trinidad and Tobago law, such works are protected by copyright from the moment it comes into being, and formal copyrighting simply expresses full ownership of the work.

Copyright is the legal protection extended to the owner of the rights in an original work that he has created. It comprises two main sets of rights: the economic rights and the moral rights.

The economic rights are the rights of reproduction, broadcasting, public performance, adaptation, translation, public recitation, public display, distribution, and so on, while the moral rights include the author's right to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of his work whether prejudicial or not.

Artiste may turn over such rights to protection agencies such as COTT which is a Copyright Collective Management Organizations.

Collective Management Organizations.

The functions of Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) extend beyond the collection and distribution of royalties and include the advancement of the interests of authors and the defense of their interests including lobbying for legislative changes, recognition of the rights of authors and their welfare and the promotion of creativity. By Becoming members of COTT, music creators vest this CMO to look after its interest, not just locally, but internationally.

The Caribbean Copyright Link (CCL)

The Caribbean Copyright Link (CCL) is the umbrella body of copyright societies in the Caribbean. The genesis of the Caribbean Copyright Link began following a 1997 meeting of the CARICOM Ministers with responsibility for Intellectual Property when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was requested to carry out a feasibility study of a regional approach to the collective management of copyright and related rights.

Its registered office is located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and the CCL secretariat functions primarily to reduce costs and to assist member organizations with the sharing of data and the management of works.

The members of CCL are, the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP) in Barbados, the Jamaican Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers Limited (JACAP) in Jamaica and the the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) in St. Lucia and the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), in Trinidad and Tobago.

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) was established in 1926 by 18 of the copyright societies that were then established and amongst which cooperation developed through bilateral agreements for the mutual representation of each other’s repertoire (reciprocal agreements) . CISAC was created as a result of the need for an international body to coordinate the activities of these societies and the more efficient protection of copyright worldwide. Today, its membership consists of over 200 societies world wide administering various copyright issues.

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    COTT Congratulates Winsford 'Joker' DeVine & Andrew 'Lord Superior' Marcano

    The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) congratulates Andrew ‘Lord Superior’ Marcano, Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) COTT Member for 32 years and Winsford ‘Joker’ DeVine, Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) COTT Member for 22 years on receiving Honorary Degrees for their priceless contributions to Music and the Arts.

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