28th January 2016
Stephen Shoul of Island Academy and Jaquan Lewis of St. John's Catholic walked away with top prizes in the 2015 World Intellectual Property Day Competition themed "Get Up, Stand Up, for Music.
The Competition According to Registrar of the Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual property and Commerce Office Ricki Camacho said was to challenge both primary and Secondary school students to be creative, while bringing more awareness to the topic at hand.
Camacho added that it forms part of the organizations campaign by creating awareness and respect for musicians and their music.
The topics were; make your own song on why we should stand up for music and musicians. Record your own song using a smart phone or camera. Or A friends tells you he wants to become a musician but you know he downloads a lot of pirated music without paying. How would you react? Using a Smartphone or camera, make a film of your imaginary conversation.
Minister of State within the Ministry of Legal Affairs Senator Maureen Hyman said it is not by chance that the competition is aimed at primary and secondary school pupils. The purpose of this is to mold, namely to educate and inform, but also to inspire and fire up their imaginations.
Hyman commended all the entrants in the competition and applaud them for the effort and time spent bringing their entries together, for the dedication and interest shown.
Scotia Bank Country Manager Gordon Julien said it's quite fitting that the competition focused on young people who have grown up in such a vastly different and changing world of Intellectual property.
"For someone in their pre-teens or teen, as our winners are, books and magazines are meant to be read on Kindles, tablets or via an app on their phone. For them, Ipods and other MP3 players are already old school technology for listening to music. For young people, IP is far easier to create than ever before, far easier to distribute than at any time in human history and also far more temporary than it's ever been," Julian said.
He mentioned that his organization is pleased to partner with Intellectual property in such an important venture and hope that the participants learned how to value intellectual creations.
Ministry of Education Representative Sandra Williams said everyone must be commended including students teachers and parents for the level of content received was top notched.
Williams noted that, "most of the pieces submitted were quite interesting and really addressed the issue of the need and right to protect the creative works of musicians and other artistes. The majority of entries demonstrated that students gained an insight and understanding that simply copying other peoples' creative work is just not 'on' and is illegal."
In the Primary Division Israel Clarke copped 3rd place while Roshade Collins and Sarah Raj Paul placed 2nd. Secondary division saw Alec Roberts and Davi Davis claiming 3rd and 2nd place respectively.
Each winner received new accounts savings from Scotia Bank and a cellar phone compliments LIME/FLOWS.
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