Membership of ECCLA is open to all authors and publishers who have had at least one original work published in printed form. Both individual authors and publishers and associations of authors and publishers are eligible for membership. Some examples of authors are writers, journalists, translators, songwriters, composers, painters, sculptors, graphic designers, photographers and cartographers. Publishing categories include books, magazines, journals, newspapers, and music.
Authors and publishers become members by signing a membership agreement, which gives ECCLA the mandate to manage their reprographic reproduction rights. Membership enables authors and publishers to administer their rights more efficiently and confers several additional benefits:
- authors can better monitor and control the amount of photocopying done
- authors are assured of remuneration from licence fees
- authors obtain international protection of their works
- authors can have legal action taken by ECCLA on their behalf
- authors are better able to educate users of their works about the need to respect copyright and comply with the law
- users needing licences can obtain them conveniently and on reasonable terms
WHO IS A CREATOR?
Creators are authors and publishers of original "works of the mind" in literature, art and music. Examples of creators are:
The Antigua & Barbuda Copyright Act 2003, Dominica Cop-yright Act 2003, Grenada Copyright Act 1989, St. Kitts & Nevis Copyright Act 2002, Saint Lucia Copyright Act 2000 and The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Copyright Act 2003 all give creators legal ownership of their works and the sole rights to publish, reproduce, or authorise the reproduction of these works in any form. For printed publications, the law recog-nises two forms of copyright: authors' and publishers'. The author as creator of the manuscript must give permission to the publisher (by way of contract) to pub-lish the work. The publisher's own copy-right is in the typographical arrangement of the published edition.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MEMBERS?
The right to reproduce a work by repro-graphic reproduction is one of a bundle of rights given to authors and publishers by the Antigua & Barbuda Copyright Act 2003, Dominica Copyright Act 2003, Grenada Copyright Act 1989, St. Kitts & Nevis Copyright Act 2002, Saint Lucia Copyright Act 2000 and The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Copyright Act 2003.
It would be difficult for each author to administer this right individually, given the extensive demand for photocopies.
Persons needing permission to photocopy would also have difficulty locating and negotiating with individual rightsholders.
By establishing a Collective Licensing Agency like ECCLA
- Authors can administer their rights more efficiently
- Users who need photocopies can ob-tain them legally, conveniently and on reasonable terms
- Authors are better able to control the amount of photocopying done so that sales of the published editions are not jeopardised by extensive illegal pho-tocopying
- Authors are assured of remuneration from the licence fees collected from users
- Authors also benefit from interna-tional protection of their works through ECCLA's bilateral agree-ments with licensing agencies in other countries. These countries give the same protection to ECCLA's authors as they give to their own nationals
- Authors stand to benefit from any le-gal action ECCLA may initiate to ob-tain remedy for breaches of copyright
- Through collective action authors are better able to educate users of their works about the need to respect copyright and comply with the law