IPO-Pakistan, publishers join hands to combat piracy

ISLAMABAD: Terming piracy a heinous crime against copyright, book publishers, authors and senior management of Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) on Monday pledged to join hands to overcome this issue in an effective manner.

This was decided during a meeting held in connection with the Copyright Outreach Programme organised by IPO-Pakistan.

IPO-Pakistan Chairman Mujeeb Ahmed Khan chaired the meeting where Pakistan’s leading publishers, writers and directors were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, IPO-Pakistan Chairman Mujeeb Ahmed Khan admitted that copyright has been a neglected area for the last 70 years. “But now the focus will be to protect the rights of publishers, writers, authors and booksellers.”

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He apprised the participants that amendments were being made in copyright laws to make it more effective.

Khan stressed that IPO-Pakistan, along with its stakeholders, should make piracy of copyright a moral issue and for this purpose awareness was needed at all levels.

The participants of the meeting pointed out flaws in the copyright laws and asked IPO-Pakistan to overcome the loopholes in this regard. They suggested that as a first step, IPO and Higher Education Commission (HEC) should write letters to all the public and private sector universities to stop using pirated books in their universities.

They requested IPO-Pakistan to create awareness among masses and presented their full support in this regard.

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