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`Set up courts to deal with intellectual property rights`

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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