GIS - 01 December, 2017: A new anti-piracy mechanism, has been put in place, with effect as from 1 December 2017, to safeguard the interests of artists and foster an anti-piracy culture across the country, said the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, at a press conference yesterday at the seat of his Ministry in Port Louis.
Minister Roopun pointed out that both the Anti-Piracy Unit (APU) and the Mauritian Society of Authors (MASA) are collaborating in the combat against piracy. The APU, he underlined, is mobilising officers to patrol across the country and sanction those involved in cases of infringement of rights of artists, composers and copyright holders.
Moreover, he stressed that the combat against piracy does not only entail the enforcement of laws but also a whole programme of sensitising and educating consumers on the malpractices of pirated products. He urged citizens to conform to the laws as well as endorse a culture of anti-piracy, cautioning that both the purchase and sales of pirated products are an offence to laws.
The Minister recalled the amendments that have been brought to the Copyright Bill which aim at consolidating legislations and make provisions for a better protection of rights of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations.
As regards the support being provided to the community of artists, the Minister underscored that seven artists involved in different fields will be represented on the MASA board. He also spoke of the assistance of the two experts delegated by the UNESCO for the elaboration of the Status of Artist Bill, so as to acknowledge the contribution of artists, creators and performers in the socio-economic development of Mauritius.
Mr Roopun further said that his upcoming mission to South Korea will pertain to discussions on the inscription of the Sega Tambour on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The traditional Mauritian sega and the Bhojpuri folks songs were inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2014 and December 2016 respectively.
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