What is the ACCS and what does it do?
Founded in 2000, Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies serves as a Regional Center, whose task it is to accurately monitor and maintain a centralized Caribbean database, ensuring acceptable data standards for all incoming and exported information on the works stored within this database. ACCS also acts as the communications “link” between the Caribbean copyright societies, facilitating regional integration and concentrated efforts in one common direction. ACCS can be viewed as the “umbrella” organisation which encompasses the author societies of the region, presenting one common voice on issues relating to Intellectual property and authors’ rights. Above all, the principal aim of Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies is to place regional authors, composers and publishers in a better position to collect royalties from international markets.
Who are the members of ACCS?
ACCS presently provides services to the following national copyright collecting societies in the Caribbean:
- Trinidad & Tobago - Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago (COTT)
- Jamaica - Jamaican Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers Ltd (JACAP)
- Barbados - Copyright Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers Inc. (COSCAP)
- Eastern Caribbean – Eastern Caribbean Copyright Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) formerly, the Hewanorra Musical Society
- Cuba – Agencia Cubana de Derecho de Autor Musical (ACDAM)
- Suriname – Stichting Auteursrechten Suriname (SASUR)
- Belize – Belize Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (BSCAP)
- Jamaica – Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS)
- Jamaica – Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY)
It is hoped that with the eventual emergence of additional copyright societies in the Caribbean, the membership of ACCS will be bolstered, and so become an even bigger player in regional Intellectual Property matters.
Who can join ACCS?
Membership in the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies is open only to copyright societies and related organisations within the region – not to individual composers, authors and publishers. However, once someone becomes a member of a society which is itself a member of ACCS, his or her interests will be sought through this indirect affiliation. In order to join ACCS, there are several criteria which must first be met, such as:
- The applying society must be approved as a member of CISAC (The International Confederation of Authors’ and Composers’ Societies)
- The applying society must demonstrate that it is a viable economic operating entity
- The administrative expenses of the society did not exceed 50% of total revenue
- The society must be membership controlled .i.e the members must have the power to appoint or elect directors
Who runs ACCS?
The Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies is managed by a Board of Directors comprising of members of the four (4) founding societies. Consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, the Board of Directors is the decision-making body, whose mandates are executed by the Technical Support Specialist, who sees to the completion of the day-to-day objectives of the organisation.
Does ACCS collect royalties?
No. The Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies does not collect royalties, nor hold any rights, nor issue any licenses. These are all the functions of its member-societies.