Special Police team set up for copyright infringement issues

Special Police team set up for copyright infringement issues

By fijivillage.com
Tuesday 25/03/2014
A special Police team has been set up to specifically look at copyright infringement issues.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Ravi Narayan said local artists have been losing out to piracy which is why a team has been tasked to bring those to justice who are continuously breaching the Copyright Act.

The team will be based at the Criminal Investigations Department.

Narayan said their team has been trained and has the capacity to investigate and collect sufficient evidence to be able to contest the breaches before the court.
 
He added that they are working in consultation with DPP's office.

Those found guilty of dealing with infringing objects under Section 121 of the Copyright Act 1999 could face an imprisonment term of up to 12 months and a fine of $5,000 for every infringing copy.

For repeat offenders those found guilty could face a fine of up to $100,000 or face an imprisonment term of up to 2 years.

Story by: Praneeta Prakash
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