27 April 2013

Zambia: Piracy Undermines Economy - Kapeya

PIRACY is a serious crime which can undermine Zambia's economic gains, Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya has said.

Mr Kapeya has, therefore, called for concerted efforts among Zambians and other stakeholders to help eradicate the vices.

He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday during commemoration of the Intellectual Property Day in Lusaka.

"Counterfeiting and piracy is a serious crime where people want to reap from other people's creativity and innovation. In other words, piracy and counterfeiting is theft of other people's intellectual property works.

"If not checked, piracy and counterfeiting have the potential to undermine the economic well-being of our country," he said.

This year's theme was 'Creativity-the next generation'.

The deputy minister said promotion and protection of intellectual property was not a responsibility of Government alone but that it required the support and involvement of all stakeholders.

At the same occasion, Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Keith Mukata said intellectual assets were the principal drivers of today's knowledge economy.

He said economic success and the associated social and cultural benefits hinged on generation of innovation, information and ideas protected and encouraged by the intellectual property system.

Patents and Company Registration Agency director, Anthony Bwembya said the institution would continue to collaborate with others in the fight against piracy while Zambia Association of Musicians president Miko Zulu said the introduction of holograms was a step in the right direction.

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