U.S. Blockade Hurts Cuban Culture

The Cuban film sector was unable to purchase materials, spare parts, equipment, black tapes and chemical products for the Film Lab of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industries (ICAIC) in the United States.

Also on the list were accessories for film equipment, the use of licenses, patent and trademarks, such as THX, Dolby, MAC, Avid, Toons and Scenarist, for audiovisual post-production processes.

ICAIC has also been affected in commercial advertising programs due to the inability to participate with U.S. companies dedicated to that specialty in airlines, tourism, art, culture and sports.

According to a report on Resolution 65/6 of the UN General Assembly entitled "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba", the U.S. Treasury Department informed the Center for Cuban Study in New York that it would not renew its license.

ARTEX S.A Company has also been affected in marketing discography, phonographic and publishing rights services, due to the inability of selling records associated to the performances carried out in the United States.

The National Cultural Heritage Council has no access to programs linked to new technologies such as Google Earth, Mapinfo and Arcview Software, used in the treatment of maps and digital information, with corresponding tutorials to learn the most appropriate use of them.

U.S. President Barack Obama has maintained the policy against Cuba, begun almost 50 years ago, in spite of intensive and increasing requests by the international community, the text notes.

The direct economic damage to the Cuban people up to December 2011, at current prices and with conservative calculus, is far beyond 104 billion USD.

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