‘No Artists Copyrighted Their Works In 2015’

first_imgLocal artists have for many years been hit with rampant counterfeiting from pirates. But the Liberia Copyright Office said they have come around with a lasting solution to that problem.Last Wednesday, at a one-day seminar with leaders and members of the collective societies, the Liberia Copyright Office announced that special actions will be taken beginning January 1 to finally implement the National Anti-Piracy Law using a hologram stamp that protects and distinguishes the authentic work of the artist from pirated ones.The acting officer-in-charge of the Copyright Office, Clifford B. Robinson, said piracy has been one of the major issues that violated the rights of Liberian creatives.He said although the real victims of pirate activities are musicians and film makers, since the beginning of 2015 not a single artist has come to the copyright office to register his or her work.“Artists need to come out to protect their work since it is for their own benefit. Without such cooperation, success might be difficult to achieve. What we are about to do next year is for their own good.“While others are on the street corners, world trade center is doing the same at the detriment of the creators or rights owners, and even choreographers. We cannot win the war against the pirates without cooperation from the artists,” Mr Robinson said.According to Robinson, the rights of artists will not continue to be violated when the hologram security stamp to curb piracy is introduced in Liberia.“The introduction of the hologram security stamp in the commerce of Liberia is the solution to stop this act by pirates, which is not only depriving artistic creators, but killing them softly and weakening the industries,” he added.The copyright boss said the introduction of the stamp is one of several undertakings that will enhance the protection of literary and artistic works in Liberia.The seminar was well attended as participants expressed serious disappointments and called on the rights authorities to help protect their properties, saying it is causing havoc for them.Apart from discussions on the national anti-piracy stamp, the Marrakesh Treaty, signed by Beyan Kota on the protection and promotion of the blind and visually impaired persons – the Swakopmum – which has to do with traditional knowledge, was also highlighted.According to the copyright boss, work is being done in concert with the LRA for the reintroduction of the Blank Tape Level (taxes) to be placed on the IPD of the Ministry of Commerce in order to help reboot GOL’s income generation and creation of royalties for the artists and copyright owners.Better late, or never?This late move by the copyright office is welcome since, for years, artists have been complaining that the copyright office is doing nothing to fight piracy. But one of the major factors that will hamper their new fight is the lack of a coordinated and consolidated effort among the copyright office, the artists’ unions and the artists themselves.How will the law be implemented if introduced? Most certainly a large raid on pirated works in the market should be on the offing to pave the way for the works of artists displaying the hologram stamp, including identifying the biggest pirates. It won’t be an easy task as the black market is expansive and the line ministries, including Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Commerce, as well as the Liberian Revenue Authority, all need to avoid bureaucracy to make it happen.Again it is also worrisome news that no single artist was able to register his/her work with the authority, making the copyright office to appear either not working or not needed in the fight against the black marketers. This is creating more room for infringements.If artists want to benefit from their works, they need to realize that without unity and a combined effort, the new plan will not be effective and will definitely send the wrong message from Liberia in protecting intellectual property rights.On the intellectual property front, Liberia has a good intellectual property law, but the future of anyone who wants to invest in the creative industry will depend on the outcome of how effective the hologram stamp is and what becomes of against pirates, as well as unions and artists who do not want to comply. But the biggest questions that remain unanswered are: Will the copyright office postpone the date to introduce the stamp? How long will this policy last? How does the copyright office intend to muster the effort needed to fight piracy?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspect arrested after random home invasion in Fort St. John

first_imgOne person was arrested after an apparently random home invasion in Fort St. John’s downtown area.The incident happened early Saturday morning at the Wesnor Apartments at 97 Ave. and 98 St.- Advertisement -Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP says the residents of a neighbouring apartment called police about a disturbance next door. When police arrived at the apartment the suspect had already fled, but the victim provided police with a description of the male.Police quickly located a male matching the suspect’s description nearby and arrested him. Police say the male was later identified as the suspect but was released on a promise to appear in court.Perrett says that the suspect punched and kicked the victim several times and threatened to kill him. He also says that the suspect left behind what police believe is stolen property.The victim has already identified himself as reporter Ryan Lux with the Alaska Highway News through an editorial he wrote for the newspaper.Advertisement In the editorial Lux says his apartment door had been left unlocked, which he attributed as being a factor in the break and enter. Police could not confirm that Lux’s door was unlocked at the time of the break-in; however, a locked door can often act as a deterrent.To help avoid being a victim of a break and enter or home invasion, Perret suggests ensuring all doors and windows in a home are locked and secured, including having a good quality deadbolt, and keeping a few indoor and outdoor lights on, even if people are in the home or asleep.  He says lights will often act as a deterrent since thieves are less likely to approach a home that could allow potential witnesses to see what they are doing.last_img read more

Wedding tale has picture-perfect ending

first_imgMENASHA, Wis. – When their photographer’s camera was stolen shortly after they exchanged vows, Karen and Tory Nordlinder figured they’d never have keepsakes of their wedding day. This week, they got a pleasant surprise when the camera turned up in a vacant lot near a lake, a year after it disappeared. The lot’s owner, Leslie Mason, said that her son was cutting down trees and spotted the camera. Inside was contact information for the photographer, Charles Boesen, Mason said. When he got it back, Boesen plugged the camera’s memory card into his computer and the photos appeared instantly. “My reaction; I almost cried,” Boesen said. “I’m thinking, this bride is going to be so overjoyed when she finds out.” “There’s no telling how long that camera was down here,” he said. “What’s amazing is how those pictures survived the elements – the rain, the snow, the freezing temperatures, right alongside the lake.” Karen Nordlinder said she couldn’t express how happy she was to see the photos. “We just thought, `Oh well, we’ve got our memories,”‘ she said. “This is just something I never thought we’d see. Ever.”last_img

DDTV – GAA STAR RORY KAVANAGH GETS READY FOR THE GATHERING

first_imgOne of the added attractions for many Donegal people living around the world considering coming home for The Gathering will be the county’s GAA success.Being All Ireland champions is one thing but seeing the team defend it could be even more special. Here one of Donegal’s most modest stars, Letterkenny man Rory Kavanagh, speaks about the All Ireland and what The Gathering means for him.With thanks to our friends at Wallace Media for the video.Simply click to play.  DDTV – GAA STAR RORY KAVANAGH GETS READY FOR THE GATHERING was last modified: October 10th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Rory KavanaghThe Gatheringlast_img read more

NOMINEES NERVOUS AS COUNTDOWN TO SPORTS STAR AWARDS IS ON

first_imgDonegal Sports Star committee members May Logue and Grace Boyle who are getting ready for the 39th awards function in the Mount Errigal Hotel on next Friday nightWith the nominees named earlier this month for next Friday night’s Donegal Sports Star Awards function the county’ sporting public has been forensically trawling the categories trying to pick winners for the prestigious Donegal County Council sponsored show which take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Only five nominees know in advance that they are getting awards but for the rest it’s a nervous wait to see whether their achievements have been deemed enough to see them getting the nod from the judging panel.With 40 categories and close to a 170 nominees committee Chairperson Neil Martin is appealing to those going to the function to book tickets immediately in order to secure their seats for the 39th Donegal Sports Star Awards where the special guest will be RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rourke. “There has been a big demand for tickets since the nominees were announced at the beginning of the month. So I would just urge those who intend going to book now and be sure of a seat. It also gives us a better chance to facilitate guests in terms of being at tables with their families and friends” Mr Martin said.The awards function takes place next Friday night January 30th in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Tickets available from the hotel. Ring 9106700. For further details go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or Facebook at donegalsports starawards.    NOMINEES NERVOUS AS COUNTDOWN TO SPORTS STAR AWARDS IS ON was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDlast_img read more

LYIT NURSING STAFF GRIN AND ‘BEAR’ IT FOR A GREAT CAUSE!

first_imgStudent Nurse Shauna pictured with Cynita Grygiel and her favourite Bear at the Teddy Bear’s Hospital day in Letterkenny IT. The Teddy Bear’s hospital will run for 3 days in Letterkenny IT Nursing Department.It’s not often that you’ll see literally dozens of teddy bears at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.But the LYIT Nursing Society are currently playing host to 15 primary schools in the locality for a very special reason.Jayden Cleary following instruction from Nurse Lorraine McGlinchey, at the Letterkenny IT Teddy Bear’s Hospital open event which runs for 3 days and lets primary school students see what it is like to have their favourite Teddy Bears examined in the hospital under the supervision of Letterkenny IT Nursing Department staff and students.They have invited junior and senior infant students, with their Teddy Bears, to the 2nd Annual Teddy Bears Hospital.This initiative sees children bringing their bears to the LYIT Teddy Bear Hospital.And student nurses from the LYIT Nursing Society, show the children that the hospital isn’t a scary place to visit and that they, the nurses and doctors are here to help.Children from the Educate Together School were among the first to receive treatment of their trusted companions.The Teddy Bears Hospital is running from Wednesday 26 May until Friday 28 May, 2015.Many thanks to Paddy Gallagher for the photos. Student Nurse Serena Browne providing help and assistance to Cynita Grygiel, a pupil at Educate Together School, Letterkenny, who visted the Teddy Bear’s Hospital in Letterkenny IT as part of the three day open event in the institute.LYIT NURSING STAFF GRIN AND ‘BEAR’ IT FOR A GREAT CAUSE! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalLYITstudent nursesTeddy Bearslast_img read more

DDTV: Harrowing lifeboat footage reveals what the RNLI face during rescue

first_imgThe following footage released by the RNLI shows the treacherous circumstances they must face each and every time they go out to sea.The video is made up of clips captured on lifeboat cameras across the country.Donegal features several times in the video. A clip is shown of a horse being rescued from Lough Derg, and boats in extremely choppy waters being harnessed to safety in Lough Swilly and Arranmore. Bundoran also features in the video. The RNLI don’t just rescue people; but horses, dogs, and dolphins too!RNLI personnel carry pagers 24 hours a day, and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea.Comments on the video include words of praise and gratitude for their heroism. To learn more about the RNLI and how you can help you can visit their website.DDTV: Harrowing lifeboat footage reveals what the RNLI face during rescue was last modified: January 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:BraveDDTVRNLIseastormvideolast_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Galatasaray star ‘refusing to train’ amid Man United links

first_img1 The future of Manchester United and Southampton target Bruma has been plunged even further into doubt after he reportedly refused to train.According to reports in Turkey, Bruma was one of four Galatasaray players who boycotted training in protest of manager Igor Tudor.The boss, who only took charge in February, has come under heavy fire after a poor run of results has left the club fourth in the table and 13 points off the pace.Bruma has seemingly fallen out of favour too, and was hooked after just 18 minutes against Kasimpasa, despite not being injured, with Gala eventually losing 3-1.Now it seems as though the winger’s time in Turkey could be coming to an end which could come as good news for both United and Southampton.The Premier League duo are keen on a deal for the 22-year-old Portugese, who has scored ten goals in 26 league appearances this term.The forming Sporting Lisbon ace has a little over a year left on his current deal and Galatasaray are expected to cash in on him when the window opens. Could 22-year-old Bruma be heading to the Premier League this summer? last_img read more

THEY’RE HERE! WATER METER CONTRACTORS MOVE INTO DONEGAL ESTATE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: THE first water meter contractors have arrived in Co Donegal this evening.They moved into Ballybofey this afternoon and continued to work after dusk. They were still working a short time ago.The crews – from GMC Sierra – have so far worked unhindered in the Silverwood area. However some local people are planning protests tomorrow.It comes after one county councillor publicly called for meters to be vandalised.There have been stand-offs with the contractors in various parts of the country.Last month a depot storing meters in Sligo was torched in an arson attack and several plans to instal meters in that town have been stopped. “It is very annoying,” said one local resident.“We’ve had all the talk about meters now for a year but tonight in Donegal they are a reality.“It’s heartbreaking the Government is now doing this to us.” THEY’RE HERE! WATER METER CONTRACTORS MOVE INTO DONEGAL ESTATE was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Ballybofeydonegalprotestswater meterslast_img read more

ROADS WARNING AS COUNCIL DEPLOYS GRITTING LORRIES

first_imgDONEGAL County Council says it is already responding to an Orange Weather Alert for snow and ice which has been issued by Met Eireann.Gritting lorries began treating main roads across Donegal at 5pm, says the council.The lorries – some fitted with snow ploughs – will be deployed again into the early hours of Tuesday with 6cm of snow likely in some areas. Gardai say roads in higher areas are already treacherous tonight, with officers urging caution on the Barnesmore Gap and the back of Errigal road between Dunlewey and Termon.Met Eireann’s Orange Alert for snow and ice is from 9pm this evening until 6pm on Tuesday.This means there is a high possibility of disruption which could close schools and businesses.  ROADS WARNING AS COUNCIL DEPLOYS GRITTING LORRIES was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegal weathersnow and iceweatherweather alertlast_img read more