IPO-Pakistan, publishers join hands to overcome piracy in copyright

Lahore, December 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): Terming piracy a heinous crime against Copyright, book publishers, authors and senior management of Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) vowed to join hands to overcome this issue in an effective manner.

This was decided during a meeting held in connection with the Copyright Outreach Program organised by IPO-Pakistan. Chairman, IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed Khan chaired the meeting while Pakistan’s leading Publishers, writers and Director, National Book Foundation attended the meeting. Mr. Meesaq Arif, Executive Director, Syed Nasrullah, Registrar Copyright, In-charge IPO Lahore, Syed Anjum Raza Bukhari and other senior officers of IPO-Pakistan were also present in the meeting.

Chairman, IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed Khan while addressing the meeting admitted that Copyright has been a neglected area for the last 70 years but now focus will be given to protect the rights of publishers, writers, authors and book sellers. He apprised the participants that amendments are being made in Copyright Laws to make it more effective.

Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed Khan said that IPO-Pakistan, along with its stakeholders should make piracy of copyright a moral issue and for this purpose awareness is 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 the law. 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 also requested IPO-Pakistan to work effectively for creating awareness among masses and presented their full support in this regard.

For more information, contact:
Central Secretariat
Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat
(Near China Chowk), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99205850
Fax: +92-42-99205855
Email: lahore@ipo.gov.pk
Website: http://ipo.gov.pk/

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