Intellectual Property Office of St. Kitts and Nevis

Intellectual Property Office of St. Kitts and Nevis The IPOSKN is a department of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis responsible for IP matters.

This article gives a really nice and simple explanation about how copyright in music works but please note that it is ba...
18/07/2020
Copyright Your Music and Compositions: The Definitive Guide | DIY Musician Blog

This article gives a really nice and simple explanation about how copyright in music works but please note that it is based on US laws. There is no system of registration in SKN that is similar to the Library of Congress but that service can be accessed by persons in SKN.

We do not endorse any service providers noted in the article as this is only shared for educational purposes.

https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/music-rights/copyright-for-musicians/

The essential guide to music copyright in 2019. Learn how to legally protect your music and make the most money while abiding by copyright laws.

World Intellectual Property Organization
17/07/2020

World Intellectual Property Organization

How much intellectual property is there in an emoji? 🤔 ✨ 😂

🔸Copyright may protect individual emojis and emoji sets
🔸When distinguishing goods and services in the marketplace, emojis can be protected as trademarks
🔸 Emojis may be covered by industrial design rights when they are an ornamental, nonfunctional design element of an item

Happy #WorldEmojiDay! 😁

13/07/2020

TODAY'S IP TIDBIT!

Copyright in SKN generally lasts for the life of the author PLUS 50 years from the end of the calendar year that he/she dies. So this means, for example, if Paul wrote two original poems called "Ocean's Song" in 1920 and "Lessons of the Heart" in January 1970 and he died in February 1970, this means that BOTH poems are copyright protected until December 31st 2020

Before that date, persons would have to get permission from the executors of Paul's estate if they wanted to copy, publicly perform, adapt or exhibit "Ocean's Song" or "Lessons of the Heart". From January 1, 2021, those poems would then go into the "public domain" and no permission would be needed to use them.

This is another example of how intellectual property comes up in entertainment and creative persons need to be aware of....
10/07/2020
HuffPost

This is another example of how intellectual property comes up in entertainment and creative persons need to be aware of. Your stage name is valuable intellectual property and if you don't protect it, you may be barred from using the name if someone has registered it!

The country band claims a blues singer who has performed as “Lady A” for two decades wanted $10 million for the name.

Bob Marley's urging to "get up, stand up, stand up for your rights" seem to be resonating in Jamaica's creatives lately!...
20/06/2020
L’Antoinette Stines’ lawsuit against Jay Z, Beyoncé a good sign – lawyers

Bob Marley's urging to "get up, stand up, stand up for your rights" seem to be resonating in Jamaica's creatives lately! We will stay on top of this case!

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20200618/lantoinette-stines-lawsuit-against-jay-z-beyonce-good-sign-lawyers?fbclid=IwAR2oqXLUE1KN56OXuD4KQO_0AmqxnToSXoHyUQSSkDAvkQI4zNP3O3U-lYs

Established dancer and choreographer Dr L’Antoinette Stines is the latest Jamaican creative to file a copyright infringement lawsuit against a famous United States music star. Reports from several international news outlets, including TMZ and Daily...

Good morning everyone! We have been getting a lot of queries lately about trademarks and we are thinking about doing a Z...
15/06/2020

Good morning everyone! We have been getting a lot of queries lately about trademarks and we are thinking about doing a Zoom session or a Facebook live on the topic. Would you be interested? What time of day? Are there any other topics that you would like to know more about?

Congratulations to the IPOSKN's Counsel Ms. Giselle Mills on her call to the bar in St. Kitts and Nevis becoming the fir...
15/06/2020

Congratulations to the IPOSKN's Counsel Ms. Giselle Mills on her call to the bar in St. Kitts and Nevis becoming the first attorney to be called to the bar via Zoom locally ! Giselle previously worked as a private attorney in Trinidad and Tobago but has been a part of the IPOSKN since February this year. She adds valuable legal and practical expertise to our efforts to improve efficiency and increase our public awareness initiatives, especially being an author and artist with a passion for the arts. She's a fantastic fit to help fulfill the Office motto of "fuelling innovation and creativity for national prosperity!"

Congratulations Giselle from all of us at the IPOSKN 💐🍾🎉

25/05/2020

Please note that the Intellectual Property Office will be opened Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1pm daily until further notice. Patrons will be reminded of the national regulations to wear masks or appropriate mouth and nose coverings and so entry will be prohibited if those regulations are not complied with. Hands will also be sanitized on entry.

Queries can also be submitted here on Facebook or to our email ([email protected])

We look forward to serving you!

COVID-19 OFFICE CLOSUREPlease note that in accordance with the Regulations on the COVID-19 induced State of Emergency he...
30/03/2020
Intellectual Property Office – St. Kitts & Nevis – Fuelling Innovation and Creativity for National Prosperity

COVID-19 OFFICE CLOSURE

Please note that in accordance with the Regulations on the COVID-19 induced State of Emergency here in St. Kitts and Nevis, the IPOSKN will be closed until April 10th, 2020.

Please be safe and stay indoors. We look forward to serving you in person when this is all over. In the meantime, please feel free to check our website www.ipo.gov.kn for more information on IP in St. Kitts and Nevis. General questions can be sent here or to our email [email protected]. Please consult private attorneys for advice on specific cases.

Best regards,
Jihan Williams
Registrar (Ag.), IPOSKN

Refers to laws that regulate the use of the work of a creator, such as an artist or author. This includes copying, distributing, altering and displaying creative, literary and other types of work.

Here's an opportunity to get practical insight into starting your own business! The IPOSKN will be presenting at this ev...
11/03/2020

Here's an opportunity to get practical insight into starting your own business! The IPOSKN will be presenting at this event to help you navigate questions about your logos, your products, your designs, etc!

Are you interested in learning more about intellectual property? The World Intellectual Property Organization offers a n...
24/02/2020
Online Courses on Intellectual Property

Are you interested in learning more about intellectual property?

The World Intellectual Property Organization offers a number of distance learning courses on a host of IP areas. The registration period for 2020 ends on 15th March 2020 and the courses are held at varying times during the year.

There are courses on copyright, trademarks, patents, etc. There are also tailored courses on collective management for copyright and related rights specifically for legal practitioners, collective management organisations and rights holders. Check out the link below for more information!

https://www.wipo.int/academy/en/courses/distance_learning/

WIPO Academy course catalog. Learn about IP from anywhere in the world!

Opportunities for musicians!!
20/01/2020

Opportunities for musicians!!

A political party in Guyana used Farmer Nappy's song "Hookin Meh" in a campaign promo and he's not too happy about it!“Y...
06/01/2020
'Farmer Nappy' taking legal action against PPP's piracy of 'Hookin meh' - Guyana Chronicle

A political party in Guyana used Farmer Nappy's song "Hookin Meh" in a campaign promo and he's not too happy about it!

“You don’t just take somebody things and just do it so without permission, Farmer Nappy said, later adding: “At the end of the day, it’s like I put my food in the fridge and you just take it.”

– says ‘riddim’ used without permission for campaign promo Internationally acclaimed Trinidadian soca artiste, Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry hinted at legal action against the PPP/C after his ‘Hookin meh’ song was used by that party in a campaign promo. Henry was brought to Guyana to per...

23/12/2019

Is it Cool to Block the Fete Music?

28/11/2019
World Intellectual Property Organization

Ever heard of trade secrets? Here's a little video from the WIPO to explain!

Let’s get into #TradeSecretsWeek 🔐 with the basics: What is a trade secret?

Not only big companies use trade secrets. Businesses of every size do. Does that mean the fajitas recipe of your mother's restaurant qualifies for protection as a trade secret? 🤔

Watch our explainer to find out ⤵️.

27/11/2019

An IP tidbit for today!

Copyright is an automatic right. That means that you do not have to register your work in order to acquire the rights associated with copyright. Some countries have a voluntary system of copyright registration but even in those cases, registration does not GIVE you copyright, it only serves as a piece of evidence that can help you prove that you created the work.

It's like going into a store and buying an item, the receipt doesn't give you the right to have the item. You are entitled to it once you pay for it but the receipt helps to prove that you bought it if someone (imagine a security guard) ever questions you on if you own it.

We often are asked where our Office is. We hope this helps! Our Office is located on the ground floor of The Cable Build...
30/10/2019

We often are asked where our Office is. We hope this helps! Our Office is located on the ground floor of The Cable Building. Our door is opposite of The Cable's entrance.

It's ICT Week next week and the Information Technology Department in Nevis will be hosting a number of sessions around t...
30/10/2019

It's ICT Week next week and the Information Technology Department in Nevis will be hosting a number of sessions around the theme "Content Creation and Not Consumption".

On 7th November there will be sessions at NEPAC open to the public on topics such as building websites and video production for small businesses from 9 a.m to 12:30 pm. Our Office will be there to help participants understand and tackle the legal issues surrounding ownership, use and sharing of the content we create. Check out the IT Department in Nevis for more information.

Let's help you create!

Interested in hearing about carnival and copyright infringement? The local Bar Association will be hosting this public l...
29/10/2019

Interested in hearing about carnival and copyright infringement? The local Bar Association will be hosting this public lecture on November 19th (previously booked for November 21st). Put it in your calendars and be sure to attend!

24/10/2019
Government of Saint Lucia

Great discussion on related rights and royalties! Definitely a must listen for musicians in the OECS!

ECCO LIVE
Topic: Introducing related rights to St. Lucia and the rest of OECS region-The Benefits, the obstacles, our readiness

Very interesting!Did you know that in 2013 the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis passed a law that made it clear that th...
20/10/2019

Very interesting!

Did you know that in 2013 the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis passed a law that made it clear that the copyright in the national anthem, flag and coat of arms belongs to the Crown? That means that should Kanye or anyone else want to reproduce and sell anything with the SKN emblems, the Government can ask them to stop, just like Jamaica is doing.

Grange demands withdrawal of Jamaica branded items for sale online

Kingston, 19 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the use of national symbols and emblems on items for sale online.

Minister’s Statement

It has come to my attention that items of clothing printed with national symbols and emblems are being offered for sale online.

I noticed Kanye West and members of his choir wearing similarly emblazoned items during their special performance in Kingston last night, but I was not aware at the time that the costumes were being sold online.

We neither received a request for nor did we give permission for our national symbols and emblems to be used for a commercial manner or otherwise.

I have since requested that the items be withdrawn and the vendor has agreed to do so.

We are aware that other vendors are selling Jamaica branded products emblazoned with our national symbols and emblems. Several years ago, when I first served as Minister, I had set up a committee to review and devise a strategy for dealing with the proper use of our emblems and symbols. That work was stopped at the change of administrations. I have been granted permission to reestablish the committee and to continue the work. The membership of the committee with include representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and others.

CARIBBEAN STATES WELL REPRESENTED AT  INTERNATIONAL IP CONFERENCE ON LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTIT...
19/10/2019

CARIBBEAN STATES WELL REPRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL IP CONFERENCE ON LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Acting Registrar of the Intellectual Property Office in St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Jihan Williams was recently part of a three- person team representing the English speaking Caribbean at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) International Conference on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Educational and Research Institutions in Geneva, Switzerland.

Over the 18th and 19th October 2019, IP experts, institution representatives and IP Office representatives from across the world met to discuss IP issues relating to libraries, archives, museums and educational research institutions. The English speaking Caribbean States were represented by Mr. Regan Asgarali, Comptroller, Trinidad and Tobago IP Office, Mr. Carden Conliffe Clarke, Deputy Registrar, IP and Commerce Office, Antigua and Barbuda, and Ms. Williams.

The Conference explored copyright legislative provisions that allow the specific institutions to copy material in certain circumstances without being liable for copyright infringement. For example, the law in St. Kitts and Nevis allows libraries and archives to copy material if it is damaged but Ms. Williams appealed that efforts should be made and support should be given to States whose laws do not expressly mention preservation, to amend the law to allow libraries, archives and museums to copy works before they are damaged, for the sake of cultural preservation. Jamaica was the only Caribbean country represented whose Copyright Act specifically allowed preservation copying but it was stated that in practice, it has been difficult to execute such work due to a lack of resources. During the panel on libraries, Ms. Williams expressed to the gathering that efforts must be made to ensure that our region's institutions are enabled by law and practice to properly protect the cultural heritage captured in our institutions, especially in light of our heightened exposure to disasters and the need to safeguard and share our Caribbean identity. This requires focus on strengthening the national legal frameworks to support digitization of works, building institutional capacity and ensuring that our people always have access to the material.

The conference conversations explored the broad based topics of copying, specifically to digital format to promote preservation, access, cross border sharing and private use. Mr. Regan Asgarali presented a general overview of the findings of the Caribbean's working group in the Dominican Republic while Ms. Williams and Mr. Clarke participated in interactive panels with experts and institution representatives on the topics of libraries and the way forward, respectively.

The international conference was convened after WIPO hosted three regional seminars with Member States. One was held in Kenya for African States, one in Singapore for South East Asian and Pacific States and the final one in the Dominican Republic for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Those discussions will fuel the work of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which is the body responsible for formulating proposals on copyright for the wider WIPO Member States to consider. The SCCR will meet from 21 to 25th October, 2019.

For more information on copyright and other IP in St. Kitts and Nevis, please visit www.ipo.gov.kn

Copyright infringment complaints show up in some unusual places sometimes. The Duchess of Sussex has included copyright ...
02/10/2019
Meghan sues Mail on Sunday as Harry launches attack on tabloid press

Copyright infringment complaints show up in some unusual places sometimes.

The Duchess of Sussex has included copyright infringement as one of her claims against a tabloid who published a letter that she wrote to her father without her consent.

Even a personal letter would qualify as a literary work and would be copyright protected if it is original. Copyright protects literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works, sound recordings and cable programming.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/01/meghan-sues-mail-on-sunday-for-publishing-letter-to-her-father

Prince compares wife’s treatment to Diana’s as proceedings over private letter are announced

In copyright cases this week! Seinfeld sued for copyright infringement by someone who claims to have given him an idea 1...
01/10/2019
Seinfeld wins copyright lawsuit over TV series

In copyright cases this week! Seinfeld sued for copyright infringement by someone who claims to have given him an idea 16 years ago. The Court said the claimant waited too long to sue so the case was dismissed.

The Copyright Act in SKN gives someone six years to file a civil suit. A criminal offence has to be prosecuted in 5 years after an offence was committed or 1 year after the offence is found out.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49878567#

A former colleague claims he came up with the original idea for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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Copyright ownership at work. In the words of Akala, "Own my own masters, know what that means? Understand back catalogue or are you green? Seen. Means my kids have a pension" http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/eminem-s-american-rapper-samples-serani-hit_185231
An interesting IP case to follow: