Un­der­stand­ing The Busi­ness of Car­ni­val

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The OECS Com­mis­sion has part­nered with The Busi­ness of Car­ni­val – a video se­ries de­signed to ed­u­cate per­sons based in the Caribbean and across the world about the le­gal and busi­ness mat­ters as­so­ci­ated with the car­ni­val in­dus­try.

Through its talk show for­mat, host and show pro­ducer Carla Par­ris chats with a selec­tion of ma­jor stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try such as pho­tog­ra­phers, events pro­duc­ers, car­ni­val band­leaders and soca artists to ex­plain the link­age be­tween In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law and rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

"One of my main goals is to help clients to un­der­stand the value of their in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and to be mind­ful of the ex­ploita­tion that is ram­pant in the in­dus­try.

“I strongly be­lieve that the fu­ture of the Caribbean lies in its abil­ity to in­no­vate, to foster knowl­edge-based economies, and in strength­en­ing the global com­pet­i­tive­ness of our cre­ative and sport­ing sec­tors. I am cer­tain that th­ese can be achieved by ac­tively shar­ing in­for­ma­tion among our­selves in the re­gion and I am thrilled to col­lab­o­rate with the OECS Com­mis­sion to dis­trib­ute my se­ries as we share a com­mon goal of en­hanc­ing the re­gion through In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty law ed­u­ca­tion,” Ms. Par­ris stated.

The se­ries, which be­gan air­ing in Jan­uary 2018, seeks to de­mys­tify some of the com­mon mis­con­cep­tions con­cern­ing copy­right law and the own­er­ship of cre­ative prod­ucts such as car­ni­val de­signs, cos­tumes and events in an at­tempt to min­imise mis­use.

OECS Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Dr. Di­da­cus Jules, wel­comed the ini­tia­tive that seeks to as­sist per­sons in navigating the le­gal and busi­ness as­pects of the re­gion's en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“To­day's com­pet­i­tive global busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, cou­pled with rapid dis­sem­i­na­tion and ease of ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and ideas, ne­ces­si­tates an un­der­stand­ing of le­gal mat­ters such as copy­right laws.

"We are ex­cited to part­ner with Ms. Par­ris as she sheds light on this crit­i­cal as­pect of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try,” Dr. Jules de­clared.

Carla Par­ris is an En­ter­tain­ment and Sports Lawyer, Talk Show Host, En­trepreneur and Con­tent Cre­ator. She op­er­ates the first bou­tique law prac­tice in Trinidad and Tobago with an ex­clu­sive fo­cus on the ar­eas of En­ter­tain­ment, In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty and Sports Law. She ad­vises clients in tra­di­tional corporate in­dus­tries on a va­ri­ety of copy­right and trade­mark con­cerns and pro­vides spe­cial­ist ad­vice to per­sons in the mu­sic, film, an­i­ma­tion, events man­age­ment, fash­ion, sports and broad­cast in­dus­tries.

Carla Par­ris says, “I am thrilled to col­lab­o­rate with the OECS Com­mis­sion to dis­trib­ute my se­ries.”

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