To give effect to this protection, the countries have now established the Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association, (ECCLA). The establishment of ECCLA grew out of a series of consultations sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), on the establishment of a single Reproduction Rights Organization (RRO) that would service the small Member States of the OECS, and give rise to economies of scale.
The goals of the Association are consistent with collective management of reprography, and ECCLA will, as a representative of creators and publishers from the OECS Member States, seek to create a compliance culture and encourage and protect the creativity of its members. Writers, photographers, poets, composers, illustrators, artists and other visual creators whose work is published in printed form and publishers of books, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals are invited to join
ECCLA’s day to day management will be effected at its principal office in Saint Lucia, by a Board of Directors comprising Dr Simon Jones-Hendrickson of Saint Kitts and Nevis as President, McCarthy Marie of Dominica as Vice President and Michael Fontenelle of Saint Lucia as Treasurer.
Other directors include Wayne A M Williams of Grenada and Desiree Richards of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Lydia Elliott of Saint Lucia was appointed at the first meeting of the Association to serve as Secretary.
The first meeting of ECCLA was held in Barbados on Tuesday March 29th 2011. The meeting adopted the proposed by-laws of the Association and developed a three-year business plan, which includes a membership drive. The meeting also agreed to the execution of both a management and a bilateral agreement with the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency, (JAMCOPY) to assist in the effective administration of the work of the new Association.
ECCLA is one of 5 organizations established in the Caribbean to protect the interests copyright holders of image and text-based works; the others being JAMCOPY in Jamaica, the Trinidad and Tobago Reprographic Rights Organization (TTRRO), the Barbados Copyright Agency Inc. (BCOPY) and the Belize Copyright Licensing Agency (BECLA).