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United States again puts Barbados GOVERNMENT on watch list for copyright violations and theft of intellectual property.

US Trade Representative Barbados

“Cable operators and television and radio broadcasters, some government-owned (e.g., in Barbados), reportedly refuse to negotiate with the PROs for compensation for public performances of music.”

… from the Office of the United States Trade Representative 2015 annual review of intellectual property rights (Special 301 Report)

From the report…

Barbados remains on the Watch List in 2015. The United States continues to have concerns about the interception and retransmission of U.S. cable programming by local cable operators in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean region without the consent of, and without adequately compensating, U.S. rights holders. The United States also has continuing concerns about the refusal of Barbadian TV and radio broadcasters and cable and satellite operators to pay for public performances of music. (See Section I). The United States urges the Government of Barbados to take all administrative actions necessary, without undue delay, to ensure that all composers and songwriters receive the royalties they are owed for the public performance of their musical works. In one case, the local PRO won a case before the Supreme Court regarding the appropriate tariff to be paid for broadcasts of its members’ music, and six years after that decision the PRO still has not received its monies because the requisite hearing at the administrative level has not yet been conducted.

In addition, the United States urges the Government of Barbados to adopt modern copyright legislation that protects works in both physical and online environments and to take steps to prevent the unauthorized and uncompensated retransmission of copyrighted musical and audiovisual content. The United States looks forward to working with Barbados to resolve these issues.

U.S. musical works are being publicly performed by radio and TV broadcasting stations without obtaining licenses from the appropriate public performances rights organizations (PROs). This problem has been reported again this year in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In some cases, the alleged infringing broadcaster is licensed by the government or is government-owned, which makes such actions even more troubling.

Cable operators and television and radio broadcasters, some government-owned (e.g., in Barbados), reportedly refuse to negotiate with the PROs for compensation for public performances of music. PROs also assert that they have struggled to advance their legal claims in the local courts and, even when successful, cannot obtain payments. These problems have been reported in Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago as well as Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

With regard to cable and satellite broadcasting of copyrighted network programming, although Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines currently maintain a statutory licensing regime that includes a requirement to pay royalties to rights holders, reportedly, royalties are not being paid.

Download the full report PDF 500kb here

US Department of State Barbados page

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Nation Newspaper publishes computer game screenshot as real photo of airport!

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Welcome to Flight Simulator’s version of of Grantley Adams International Airport! (ROTFLMBAO)

Oh this is fun! Did someone at The Nation have a little too much to drink when the article Jetblue boss wants airport upgrade was published just after midnight Friday morning?

Not only did the editor not notice that the “photograph” of Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) is a screen capture of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator computer game, they captioned the, ah, ‘photo’ as “Grantlay Adams International Airport”. I haven’t seen the dead-tree version of the paper this morning, but someone should have a look to see if the computer game “photo” made it to print.

Don’t they have a real photo of GAIA in the files at The Nation?

The Nation probably has hundreds of GAIA photos, but when it’s late at night and you’ve had a rum or three, going into the files isn’t as easy as just stealing something off the internet.

And here’s the really good part: I found the website of the Swedish chap who created the screen shot published by The Nation. It looks like the newspaper just went to Anders Svensson’s website, ripped off his copyright-protected art and used it without attribution. Continue reading

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What Happened To Bribery Charges Against Corrupt Barbados Police Officer – Paul Vaughn – Vaughan?

“The case against Sergeant Vaughn will be officially discontinued shortly…”

… Information provided to Barbados Free Press from a previously-reliable source.

Criminal Charges Against Corrupt Cop Made To Disappear?

Back on September 18, 2008 we told you how Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Vaughan (sometimes spelled Vaughn) was charged with taking $56,500 dollars in bribes to not prosecute a pirate DVD vendor. Vaughan was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. (BFP article: Corrupt Director Of Public Prosecutions Must Now Prosecute His Corrupt Police Friend For Accepting Bribes!!!)

We predicted at the time that the charges would fade into nothing until they died a natural death because of the special relationship between the crooked cop and the Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Charles Leacock – who in his private life is also a landlord.

Now an anonymous source who provided BFP with accurate information on multiple occasions in the past, informs us that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock made an order dropping all charges against Sergeant Paul Vaughn / Vaughan about two weeks ago. The source also says that the case will by officially discontinued shortly – but ever so quietly – at an opportune time.

Although this is an anonymous source and we still caution everyone to take any anonymous claims with a grain of salt, if it turns out to be for true, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least.

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan - Vaughn (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Why did Barbados Free Press predict that charges against Sgt. Vaughan / Vaughn would fade into nothing?

When one of Charles Leacock’s tenants couldn’t pay her rent, Sergeant Vaughan acted as strong arm muscle to collect the debt. As seen in the Ronja Juman case, Sgt. Vaughan would do pretty much anything to collect the money for his friend the Director of Public Prosecutions. When blocking the tenant’s car in her driveway didn’t work, Sgt. Vaughan paid a little visit to her son at school. When the tenant surrendered some jewelery, but DPP Leacock wanted more, the Sergeant conducted a middle-of-the-night terror raid on Ronja Juman’s sleeping family and then dragged her off to the police station for a vaginal search. No… Sgt. Vaughan had no expectation of finding either the back-rent money or the rental contract in Mrs. Juman’s vagina – it was all about terror, pressure and squeezing the money out of Mr. Leacock’s former tenant.

The court documents that show this to be true are posted online for all to see. You can view them in the BFP stories linked below.

January 30, 2008: The Strange Disappearing Court Cases Of Barbados – And How The News Media Keeps Silent

December 17, 2008: Was Corrupt Barbados Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan Extorting Bribes From Codrington Family’s DVD Store?

November 5, 2007: We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

October 12, 2007: Barbados Police Given Blank, Pre-Signed Search Warrants By Corrupt, Lazy Judiciary

September 24, 2007: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

Cop Charged With Accepting Bribes
Nation News, September 17, 2008

A POLICE SERGEANT who was once attached to the Copyright Infringement Unit appeared in District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with accepting bribes and perverting the course of justice.

Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn, 37, of Durette Gardens, Gemswick, St Philip, was released with a surety of $50 000 bail and has been ordered to hand over his travel documents to the court as part of his bail.

He will also be reporting to Oistins Police Station every Tuesday and Friday until his return to court on November 11.

Vaughn was not required to plead to the charge that being a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force, he did corruptly receive $56,500 for himself between December 1, 2004, and April 30, 2007, from Evadney Cindy Bushell as a fee or reward for forbearing to prosecute her for infringement of the Copyright Act.

He was also charged that with intent to pervert the course of justice, he committed a series of acts which tended to pervert the course of public justice in that he received various sums totalling $56,000 to protect Bushell from prosecution for Copyright infringement.

In May 2007, Bushell, 43, a business owner of 120 Maynards Road, St Peter, appeared before the Bridgetown Traffic Court, charged with knowingly for sale DVD copies of the movie Spiderman 3 which she knew or had reason to believe were infringing the movie’s copyright.

The wheelchair-bound woman is free on bail.

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