Filmmakers Lobby Gov’t to Fight Movie Piracy

viagra 40mg http://cbvsalvail.ca/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While celebrating World Intellectual Property day held at National Theatre in Kampala, James Wasula, the general Secretary for Uganda Performing Rights unveiled a Copyright Inspectorate Team which will fight the pirating of movies and enforce the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights of 2006.

“We need protection on our job as it is in other fields, our movies have lacked market because they are somehow expensive. Our movies compete with cheap foreign movies which incur no costs to Ugandans because they are just downloaded from the internet,” Wasula pointed out.

“The movie industry earns $35bn annually worldwide, movies are avenues of promoting our culture and the movie industry employs over 15000 people.”

Producers calling upon Ugandans to watch their own

He further called upon stakeholders to help filmmakers battle the duplication of their movies and the unfair competition caused by foreign movies which come in without passing through the required legal procedures.

Speaking at the function, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon Kahinda Otafiire, vowed to enforce the protection of the intellectual rights law which he said is another form of human rights.

“The Government enacted intellectual property laws namely Copyright and Neighbouring Act 2006, the Geographical Indication Act 2013, the Trademarks Act 2010, the Industrial Property Act 2013 and the Plant Varieties Protection Act 2013. We have further established relations with Uganda Police Force, UCC, Customs, URA, UNBS to assist in the enforcement of the intellectual and property rights law,” Otafiire said.

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