Welcome to the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency

Selected JAMCOPY Milestones


  • Copyright Seminar held by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica and the Copyright Unit, Ministry of Commerce and Technology to sensitize owners and users of copyright works to the role of a collective licensing agency



  • National Task Force launched to establish a reproduction rights organisation
  • JAMCOPY incorporated as a non-profit company
  • JAMCOPY Inaugural Banquet
  • Start-up of JAMCOPY
  • JAMCOPY accepted as a member of IFRRO



  • JAMCOPY signed Letters of Intent with RROs in Canada, UK and USA
  • JAMCOPY moved into its own offices, appointed a full-time Administrator and began operations
  • JAMCOPY received official recognition from the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) as the National RRO
  • Membership recruitment drive began in earnest
  • JAMCOPY commenced negotiations with the GOJ for a photocopying licence for the public sector



  • Licensing negotiations continue with the GOJ
  • Membership recruitment drive continues
  • JAMCOPY scales down operations due to lack of funding



  • JAMCOPY signs its first licence, a J$4.4M agreement with the Government of Jamaica



  • JAMCOPY resumes full operations, underwritten by the advances paid by the GOJ on licensing fees
  • First General Manager is appointed
  • Type B Bilateral Agreements signed with Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece and Slovakia
  • JAMCOPY gets a seat on IFRRO’s Latin America & Caribbean Committee
  • Negotiations for a Type B Bilateral Agreement with the United Kingdom concluded
  • JAMCOPY begins assisting Trinidad in setting up second Caribbean RRO



  • JAMCOPY signs Bilateral Agreement with Belgium, Iceland and Zimbabwe
  • Plans for commencement of negotiations for licences for Schools, Higher Education and Copshop sectors finalized
  • Negotiations with the United States of America for a Type B Bilateral Agreement advanced
  • First Annual General Meeting held
  • JAMCOPY presents 2 papers at the Annual General Meeting of IFRRO in Madrid



  • JAMCOPY signs Bilateral Agreement with United States of America
  • First International Copyright Conference successfully organised and hosted by JAMCOPY



  • JAMCOPY organized and hosted first Caribbean Regional Consultation in Ocho Rios Jamaica
  • JAMCOPY began licensing negotiations with the Ministry of Education, Youth & Culture as well as tertiary institutions.
  • JAMCOPY made its first distribution of royalties to affiliates



  • The first tertiary licence was signed



  • Commenced negotiation with universities



  • Successfully concluded licences with UWI, UTECH, NCU and UCC
  • Hosted IFRRO AGM at The Ritz Carlton, Montego Bay
  • The IFRRO AGM in Montego Bay was the first IFRRO meeting in the Caribbean



  • Founding Chair demits office and 2nd Chairman installed



  • JAMCOPY relocated to its current offices and expanded its staff to six



  • The JAMCOPY Cultural Fund is established. Its’ objectives include providing training for rights holders to improve their skills in creation and management of their copyrighted works, supporting competitions and awards to motivate and reward excellence in creative works and supporting well established national (Jamaican) organizations and institutions which promote and preserve creative works.



  • JAMCOPY passed the J$100M mark in total royalties distributed
  • 3rd Chairman appointed



  • The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards were launched, a beneficiary initiative of the JAMCOPY Cultural Fund
  • The inaugural #theOnlineMind: Caribbean Digital Publishing Conference was successfully organized and hosted by JAMCOPY



  • Staff expanded to 8
  • CARROSA, the Caribbean Reproduction Rights Organisations’ Agency (CARROSA) is established. This regional entity comprises the five (5) Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) in the Caribbean: Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency [JAMCOPY], Trinidad & Tobago Reprographic Rights Organisation [TTRRO], Barbados Copyright Agency Inc. [B-COPY], Belize Copyright Licensing Agency [BECLA], Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association [ECCLA]. CARROSA will represent the regional RROs and rightsholders in Caribbean countries without a functioning RRO in providing cross-border licensing solutions to users of copyright image and text-based publications.
  • JAMCOPY undertakes comprehensive review of its governance structure, affiliation rules and royalty distribution models and implements recommended changes to ensure alignment with global best practices for transparency, accountability and good governance.



  • JAMCOPY achieved important milestones: 751 affiliates: 709 creators and 42 publisher affiliates; thirty-three (33) licences in Jamaica and thirty-five (35) bilateral agreements with foreign RROs.