|A couple of eponymous Guernseys: will|
infringers be cowed by the new proposals --
or are they just a load of bull?
" ... the Commerce and Employment department of the States of Guernsey has now sent the draft Image Rights legislation out for consultation.
The consultation period will last until 7 March 2012. We then expect the finalised legislation to be approved during the second quarter of this year.
This legislation will see Guernsey bringing in a registrable image right -- a world first.
It will enable rights holders to register and exploit their images through a recognisable, formal intellectual property right. These rights will have the added benefits of being able to be dealt with in the same way as other forms of Intellectual Property rights, which means they can be easily assigned or licensed to third parties.
As an active participant in the Image Rights process, [local law firm, and author of this circular] Collas Crill will continue to keep you informed on future developments in this exciting and groundbreaking area. We will be sending a further update on the Image Rights legislation in the next few days to fill you in on all the detail.
In the meantime, if you would like to see the draft legislation, you will need to contact the Guernsey Registry directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org".This is your golden opportunity, says the IPKat. Email the Guernsey Registry now, ask to take a look at what might be a template for national legislation around the world, tell them what you think -- and don't forget to say the IPKat sent you.
Merpel is a little sceptical about the long-term effects of this initiative which, in the guise of creating intellectual property rights, may actually be demeaning them by trying to turn them into a second tier of protection against invasions of privacy. She also foresees all manner of grief when people who have assigned their image rights repent of doing so and find that there's not much they can do about it. But then, she hasn't yet emailed the Guernsey to read the draft legislation -- which she's now about to do.
How to improve your image here and here
A kat-pat to our friends at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for this lead