`Set up courts to deal with intellectual property rights`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 22:19
New Delhi: With piracy posing a major threat to the industry, leading publishers and software firms on Wednesday sought strict enforcement of laws, speedy disposal of cases and setting up of special courts to deal with intellectual property rights.

CEO of Penguin India, Mike Bryan, said though present legislation in the country is robust enough to stop piracy, their implementation is not smooth enough.

He stressed for making prosecution more effective and less time-consuming at a conference here, ruing that 20 per cent of their turnover "is taken over by pirates."

Managing Director of Cambridge University Press India, Manas Saikia, said almost 50 per cent of the market for books are affected by piracy in India. He demanded special courts dealing with intellectual property rights.

Similarly, representatives from the computer industry also expressed concern over the menace with Keshav Dhakad of BSA India Committee saying that the software industry suffer loss to the tune of USD 53 billion dollar worldwide.

Though various steps have been taken to curb the menace, such incidents have only dropped by five per cent in the country, he said.

The conference on 'combating counterfeiting and piracy', the third in the series, was organised by CII.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 22:19

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