Saturday 30 May, 2020

‘Weddings & Copyright’ expert advises vendors to protect their intellectual property

Trinidadian Simone Sant-Ghuran, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of noted wedding website and the TW Wed-Zine Magazine, was one of the featured speakers at Jamaica Bridal Expo held last month.

At the event, Sant-Ghuran presented on one of her areas of specialty, Weddings and Copyright, a timely topic, based on current digital media trends and intellectual property awareness.

Speaking on the opportunity, she said “I was pleased to be invited by the organisers of the Jamaica Bridal Expo to present at this year’s conference. ‘Weddings and Copyright’ is an area I’m quite familiar with and have been vocal on back home in Trinidad and Tobago, but it was a new one for the audience and many expressed that they were not aware of some of the best practice points for the wedding and event industry. So I was happy to share my experiences with regional and international counterparts.”

Among some of the major copyright issues faced by professionals in the wedding industry, Sant-Ghuran pointed to the unauthorized use of vendor’s images, users “screen­shotting” or ‘Print screen­ing” images and re­using them as their own and users who crop out watermarks and/or edit or tamper with their images, music, writing or creations. These actions, she noted, can become serious legal matters.

As the lone speaker representing the Southern Caribbean, she was a featured panellist alongside internationally-recognized speakers from the USA, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The Jamaica Bridal Expo, which attracts thousands of attendees annually, combines elements and resources for planning and executing a successful Jamaican destination wedding experience.

For over 10 years, has been helping wedding vendors in and event service providers promote and market themselves online. The site is also a source for engaged couples to access free resources, tips and online planning tools.

At home in Trinidad and Tobago, Sant-Ghuran also lectures the elective courses for the Event Management Diploma programme (accredited by George Washington University) at The UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is an occasional Guest Lecturer at the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism and Hospitality Institute (TTHTI). Her other speaking engagements have covered topics such as: entrepreneurship, publishing and social media. In 2005, she was a finalist in the Business Category for the National Young Woman of the Year Award in Trinidad & Tobago. In 2015, she was also nominated by Ernst and Young, for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

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