Copyright laws: Pirated books seized from printing press

Published: March 23, 2013
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Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, the authors, the government as well as the parents and pupils who are cheated into buying substandard and pirated books. PHOTO: FILE

Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, the authors, the government as well as the parents and pupils who are cheated into buying substandard and pirated books. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Around 11,000 pirated copies of Oxford textbooks New Active English Book 2 and New Oxford Social Studies for Pakistan Book 3 as well as 65 printing plates were recovered in a raid on a printing press by the FIA and New Anarkali police on Friday.

Upon receiving reports of the illegal printing of Oxford University Press textbooks by the Rizwan Printing Press located at Cattle Park, New Anarkali Bazaar, the FIA and New Anarkali police teamed up with Roving Source — a security concern engaged in providing trademark and copyright protection services in Pakistan — and recovered the pirated books, said a statement issued by the OUP.

The entire stock of books was confiscated.

“An FIR has been lodged against the press owner, Mian Imran, on the charges of book piracy which constitutes a violation of the Copyright Laws of Pakistan. Such infringements of Intellectual Property Rights cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, the authors, the government as well as the parents and pupils who are cheated into buying substandard and pirated books,” the statement said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2013.

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