Copyright Amendment Act 2008

The Copyright Amendment Bill 2008 was passed in both houses of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament and is now known as the Copyright Amendment Act 2008.

There were several alterations made to the Copyright Amendment Bill 2008 (PDF ; 64K) in the Senate in February 2008. The House of Representatives approved these alternations in April 18th, 2008 and the final bill was assented on May 1st, 2008.

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Cell phone text, voice messages submitted as evidence in Trinidad and Tobago Court for first time

Text messages, pictures and voice mail stored on a cell phone was submitted as evidence in a Trinidad and Tobago court for the first time on Wednesday January 16th, 2008.

The court case is against a man accused of murder in a preliminary inquiry being held at the Port-of-Spain Eighth Magistrates’ Court. The victim’s girlfriend Nokia’s cell phone contained the voice messages from the accused. According to the Newsday article :

Three voice messages, left on the Nokia phone of the victim’s girlfriend by the accused, were extracted by police from the phone’s SIM card using a special software called Pure Voice.

The messages were tendered into evidence in the Port-of-Spain Eighth Magistrates’ Court as audio files saved on a CD-ROM. Also on the CD-ROM were seven digital photographs, as well as a special forensics report of the phone compiled using Cell DEK software.

The phone had initially been examined by PC Daniel Hernandez, of the Analysis Unit of the Homicide Bureau and yesterday he told the court how he used special software to extract the three messages and then saved them on a CD-ROM.
Yesterday also marked another first, with the court being shown 30 text messages from the phone of Ash, which was also extracted from her Nokia bmobile phone using special software.

Found a link for Logicube CellDek which I believe was used for the forensics report for the cell phone ; although a link to Pure Voice which I believe is from Qualcomm is hard to find.

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2008

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2008 was introduced in the Trinidad and Tobago Senate on January 15, 2008.

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2008 can be downloaded from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s website :

According to the introduction :

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2007 seeks to amend the Copyright Act, 1997 (Act No. 8 of
1997) (hereinafter called “the Act”) to facilitate Trinidad and Tobago’s accession to the World
Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (hereinafter called “the WCT”) and to the
World Intellectual Property Organization Performances and Phonograms Treaty (hereinafter called
“the WPPT”) and to strengthen the enforcement provisions of the Act.

(Update : 17 Jan 2008 – Here is a link to the Trinidad and Tobago Copyright Act, 1997)