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Information ministry, IPO to curb piracy, plagiarism in film industry

April 25, 2014

Secretary Information Dr. Nazir Saeed on Thursday said the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage would make arrangements with IPO Pakistan to curb piracy and plagiarism in order to promote innovation and creativity in the film industry.

He addressing a seminar organized by Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) to mark World Intellectual Property Day here.

He said the government was committed to addressing the problems of all stakeholders in the film industry.

He said the ministry would also organize a useful and informative workshops for creating awareness regarding the IP in government institutions.

He informed the first workshop of the series would be held within a month.

Keeping in view the advance technology, he said after the great success of 3G and 4G technology, information technology sector would boost the national economy.

This year the theme of the World IP Day is ”Movies a Global Passion“ which would help lifting the movies in the world, their role in a society and their impact on development in a country.

Legendary personalities from film industry, Syed Noor, Director/Writer; Sangeeta, film-star/producer and other representatives of film industry; electronic and print media attended the seminar.

Director General IPO-Pakistan, Aamir Hasan in his welcome address said that the World IP Day was celebrated every year on April 26.

”We have organized this seminar today, due to some administrative reasons“ he added.

He said that every year an appropriate theme is adopted by WIPO for the World IP Day and theme of the year 2014 is ”Movies a Global Passion“.

Aamir Hasan said that this theme was not only relevant to the prevailing conditions in Pakistan but it also reminded us of the golden period of Pakistani film industry.

He said that the government, being fully cognizant of the interests of creators, writers, artists, inventors, business community and others.

”IPO Pakistan has also been given permanent legal cover in the form of IPO Act, 2012“ he said, adding that the government was fully committed for protection of creative community’s rights.

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Source: Balochistan Times (Pakistan)