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Cable providers may soon be affected by increasing copyright pressure

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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018. 9:27 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Increasing pressure on Belize to conform to international copyright standards may soon affect Belizeans, who are used to paying $45 monthly for cable access to hundreds of channels.

According to a report from 7News, Belize’s cable providers are all copyright violators who don’t pay for intellectual property to the US based owners.

On Channel 7’s “ Know your rights” show, intellectual property specialist, attorney Marissa Longsworth explained how cable tv works in Belize.

Longsworth said that Belize is falling into the same category that a lot of Caribbean countries are falling into as it relates to cable and satellite infringement: “So what our cable companies tend to do is to just to pick the satellite feed and then redistribute it among all of their subscribers. This is wrong because under intellectual property every use deserve its own compensation so you can’t pay one time and then redistribute thousands of times without payment. Now cable operators and broadcasters are not 100% to blame. This is an issue that has come up through — it’s become an international trade issue because the United States has actually cited Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad as infringing on the rights of their content creators particularly through one cable company.”

Longsworth also shared that Belize is listed in the report for not complying with copyright regulations.

Furthermore, she advised the government of Belize on lessening copyright infractions in Belize.

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