IFRRO and Getting $$ from Copyrighting Your Work

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organization (IFRRO) seeks to protect your work as a creator – whether as a publisher, writer, photographer, visual or graphic artist.

As long as your work has been published – (not necessarily as a body of work, even just included in a publication – newspaper, magazine, journal, ezine etc.) – you (and your heirs) are entitled to benefit financially from your work.

According to the IFRRO Website, “most printed material is protected by copyright. Copyright provides an exclusive right to authorise or prohibit reproduction. The rights holder can either exercise this right individually or collectively.”

There are currently more than 50 countries and associates of IFRRO.

The Caribbean has 4 RROs (and growing!) including:

  • Barbados Copyright Agency, Inc. (B-COPY) – bcopy246[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association (ECCLA) – coming soon!
  • Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) – www.jamcopy.com
  • Trinidad and Tobago Reprographic Rights Organization (TTRRO) ttrrorg[at]gmail[dot]com

Copyright is an intriguing and complex issue, so read and ask questions.


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - seawomancreativmedia.co Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.com; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com. Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at Contently.com

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One comment on “IFRRO and Getting $$ from Copyrighting Your Work
  1. bajanpoet says:

    Glad to see this! I have contacted them for information to protect myself and my work, including the work of my fellow poets of the LXP.

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