The pressure is building on Belizeans in the creative industries Ė broadcasting, both radio and television, and music and the arts Ė to begin recognizing copyright and intellectual property and pay the requisite fees to satisfy rights holders.
Among the first of the major international companies to come calling on Belize is Home Box Office, considered a premium channel which depends entirely on subscribership.
But donít expect the line to be drawn at World Championship Boxing or your favorite movies Ė the government is under pressure from the U.S. trade representative to enforce copyright compliance across the broadcasting sector, which could put a dent in your pocket.
But there is a silver lining to report, and that is that Belizeans in those creative industries can take advantage to protect their own creations from being similarly misused. News Fiveís Aaron Humes breaks it all down in the following report.
Thursdayís meeting between members of the Belize Cable TV Operators Association and representatives of HBO Latin America comes at a critical time for the broadcasting industry in Belize and the region.
President Evan Tench, who declined an interview at this time as negotiations with HBO are ongoing, said it has been three years since those negotiations started.
And they will add up to significant changes for Belizeansí TV viewing habits, according to attorney specializing in intellectual property and copyright, Marissa Longsworth. She cites the example of her native Jamaica.