Over two-thirds of manufacturers feel that the threat to their intellectual property (IP) has grown, resulting in lost sales, lost market share and lower margins around the world including
In music CDs and DVDs the Motion Pictures and the software industry are suffering billion globally in losses annually and also in
To address this issue, a full day workshop for the media persons focused on "COUNTERING SOFTWARE PIRACY AS A SOCIAL & ECONOMIC ISSUE” was jointly organized in
The main objective of the interactive workshop for journalists was to raise awareness on the role of media in the fight against software piracy, copyright infringement and to highlight the value of genuine software to consumers, businesses and the national economy. Microsoft took this initiative keeping in mind the hazards and threats posed by software piracy.
In the inaugural session, smart lady Fariha Shah, Marketing Manager, Microsoft told journalists about the theme of the piracy going to be discussed in the workshop. She derived some examples of piracy from the real life and discussed the issue.
Speakers at the workshop highlighted the value of sharing experience among journalists for protecting intellectual property rights. They noted that protection would encourage investment and facilitate the economies of the country.
Microsoft Citizenship Manager Pakistan Afzal Mirza said that international firms want to make huge investments in the IT sector in
Genuine Software Manager Salman Siddiqui told the journalist that piracy is a global problem and is causing $40 billion loss annually. He said that pirated software is being widely used in
“If use of pirated software is reduced by 10 per cent, it could add $163 million to the gross domestic produce and $23 million could be added to the national exchequer besides foreign firms could make huge investments. According to a survey of the Business Software Alliance, Pakistan’s IT sector was at 62nd position in global ranking which places it behind other comparable economies like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc.’ he added.
He further says that Microsoft aims to deploy genuine software technologies in
Oxford University Press Managing Director for Pakistan Amina Syed said publications of the Oxford University Press are being published illegally and the government owned ‘National Book Foundation’ is also among such publishers while private sector publishing houses are doing so at a large scale.
She said that minimal punishment is awarded by courts while pirates are not being punished because of lacunae in the law. The FIA official said that the compact disk is not the only medium of software piracy, but pirated software are also available through the Internet.
Speakers informed that Bill Gates met with Pervez Musharaf and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in
The Project Director FIA, Mr. Ammar Jafri who also chaired the workshop praised the efforts of Microsoft
He said that the fight against piracy is a shared fight and we need to devise strategies where private enterprise collaborates with governmental agencies to effectively eradicate the issue of counterfeit. It is also imperative that media through its wide reach create mass awareness in the consumers who are hoodwinked into buying spurious and sub-standard products.”
“In recent months FIA has taken a number of measures to control counterfeit market in Pakistan and due to these efforts FIA got appreciation from a number of international stakeholders’ he added.
In order to create greater awareness, Microsoft partnered with Anti-Counterfeit and Infringement Forum (ACIF) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to highlight the issue of counterfeit trade and piracy and how it affects the economy and the common-man alike.
Feeling the sensitivity of the issue, former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf approved an ordinance to set up the Intellectual Property Rights Organization, which is under the administrative control of the cabinet division. It is to ensure the implementation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws to protect all stakeholders.
The Trade Marks Registry, Copyright Office and the Patent Office are also part of the organization dedicated to preparing and implementing IPR laws. It would be the responsible for strengthening of intellectual property rights and their development, upgrading, and infrastructure through designated law-enforcement agencies.
In spite of all former actions against criminals, the government could not obtain required results. Even today, a CD or book that retails for $4-6 in the international market may openly be purchased for less than half a dollar in
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