First Note: 10.01.2012

Trademark Jamaican reggae (The Jamaica Observer)
VICE-CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Charles Campbell, says it is imperative to establish a trademark for Jamaican reggae.
According to Campbell, this will help protect, preserve and promote the authentic brand for it to maintain competitiveness globally.
Campbell made these observations recently during a workshop on management of copyright staged jointly by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO).

Experts Needed – Growth Of Jamaican Music Stymied By A Lack Of Knowledge (The Jamaica Gleaner)
IT is an industry that earns millions, even billions each year and employs many in and outside of Jamaica, but the music industry is one of those areas that lacks the expertise needed to move the business forward.
Data from Economic and Social Survey Jamaica 2011, prepared by the Planning Institute Of Jamaica, revealed that recreational, cultural and sporting activities contributed 2.7 per cent to overall GDP, similar to the contribution in 2009.

Busy’s int’l career in doubt? (The Jamaica Star)
Reano ‘Busy Signal’ Gordon will be a free man on November 21 but probably not as free as he would like to be.
According to US law, he is allowed to remain in the country for an additional 45 days after the completion of his sentence in Minnesota. Upon departing, however, his eligibility to return is uncertain.
CEO of Juke Boxx Productions and Busy’s manager, Shane Brown, told Billboard’s online magazine that the dancehall/ reggae artiste has been offered around 20 shows since his sentencing. According to Brown he is now consulting with Busy’s attorney, William Mauzy, and the presiding Judge, Donovan Frank, to determine whether or not the artiste will be able to perform at these shows after his release.

Rototom Sunsplash: Still one of the most affecting and memorable festivals in the world (United Reggae)
The 19th edition of sprawling, scorching reggae village-within-a-village Rototom Sunsplash (its third in exile from Italy to Benicassim, Spain) fell, as readers will know, shortly after the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence. Bearing the not-strictly-accurate but suitably-celebratory sub-heading “50 years of reggae music” – there was a duly Jamaican bent to the lineup. Yet the unique cultural mix at the self-styled “European Reggae Festival” was also expressed in contributions from around the globe.

Tommy Lee Sparta Trademark His Name (Urban Islandz)
Dancehall newcomer Tommy Lee official owns the name Tommy Lee Sparta.
The Montego Bay deejay says his lawyer advised him to trademark the name after a surge in his popularity this year.



First Note: 10.01.2012
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