Min. Beysolow Frowns On Intellectual Theft
Commerce and Industry Minister Miata Beysolow has frowned on the act of duplication being perpetrated by dubious elements in the society on ‘intellectual properties’ produced by Liberian Artists, inventors and writers.According to Minister Beysolow, works including paintings, film production, computer software among others have lots of value and as such must be protected so that investors can reap the desired benefits of their intellectual work.
Speaking yesterday at the onset of a seminar on Intellectual Property at the Commerce Ministry, Minister Beysolow called for tougher penalty against mischievous individuals involved in duplicating the work of other people for their personal aggrandizement.
She lamented that producers and investors who worked very hard with their intellectual might and creativity were not benefiting from their inventions, something she described as very bad, noting that government was seriously concerned about the matter.
Madam Beysolow urged participants, most of whom are Commerce Ministry personnel to take the seminar seriously, indicating that as the government arm responsible for the protection of Intellectual property, the personnel needs the required knowledge to execute their duty effectively.
Speaking earlier, Deputy Commerce Minister for Public Affairs Rufus Neufville said the seminar is the first of three phases of intensive awareness and campaign to sensitize the Liberian public on the economic value of Intellectual Property rights and Intellectual Property business.
According to him, the second phase of the seminar will be attended by line-ministries and agencies including Finance, (custom section) Justice (police and Immigration, NSA) and Labor (Trade Union Section). And the third phase will be a joint review seminar for all stakeholders and other Intellectual Property selected entities.
He lauded the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) for their support to his ministry and stressed that at the end of the exercise, participants will have a better understanding of how the owners of Intellectual Property benefit and enjoy exclusive rights to the property they have created, invented or discovered.
In a separate development, the ministry has embarked on a nationwide tour of rural Liberia to assess progress made in term of achievements in its targeted dry season deliverables.
Senior and junior personnel of the ministry have been grouped into teams and dispatched to various parts of the country to sensitize the business community on the new business registration procedures, consumers’ education, the objective of the newly launched Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) as well as to conduct rural staff assessment and evaluation.
The Commerce Ministry rural Liberia teams led by Assistant Minister for Administration Cain Andrews have so far covered RiverCess, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado Counties where they engaged the business community in an interactive forum.
The exercise which is still on- going in other parts of the country is expected to be completed at the end of this month.blog comments powered by Disqus