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LIPO Rallies Support For Liberia’s Creative Sector

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MONROVIA: The Director General of the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) Cllr. Pinky Adelyn Cooper, has rallied support for Liberia’s Creative Industry by discouraging the downloading and unauthorized production of creative contents on the local market.

She instead urged the general public and businesses trading in creative contents to legally purchase the original version of creative works so as to generate economic benefits for creative artists across the country.

She also urged actors in the sector to take advantage of licensing process at the office of the Copyright Society of Liberia (COSOL).

According to LIOP’s Director General, Liberia’s creative sector can only be rebranded and value added if negative vices such as piracy and other tendencies that have the proclivity to deny creative artists benefits for their intellectual works are nib in the bud.

Delivering the keynote address in celebration of the World Book and Copyright Day on the National Theme: “Adding value to Creativity for Wealth Creation in Liberia” held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, Cllr. Cooper highlighted the urgent need for major players in the sector to collaborate with the Copyright Society of Liberia (COSOL) aimed at achieving the theme of the World’s 9th Copyright Day.

COSOL, on Saturday April 23, 2022, in an unprecedented effort geared toward attracting economic benefits and providing security for Liberia’s Creative Industry through massive awareness campaign for the first time commemorated the day that was set aside by UNESCO to pay a world-wide tribute to intellectual properties.

LIPO’s D-G said: “We sit here and saw different performers, we decided to throw monies at their feet, is it what we want? We need to ask ourselves. They do not want one hundred dollars, they do not want two hundred dollars, and they do not want three hundred dollars. They need your support. And what is your support? Stop downloading their movies. Go for the original disc and support them so they can be like flavor, so they too can be like Geneva and the rest of the others. If we want to succeed, we need to support them.”

As head of the Liberia Intellectual Property Office, Cllr. Cooper made know her fullest commitment to work at all levels with the creative artists aimed at redirecting the course of the creative industry to yield economic benefits local artists.

She urged local artists to place themselves in a position where they can accrue economic dividend from their creative works by hiring the services of agents and lawyers who will guide them in the protection of their intellectual arts with the collaboration of COSOL.

“Get yourself an agent and lawyer, come by the copyright office and copyright your music and movies. Do whatever it is that you need to do to get royalties from your works. It is your intellect, it is your creativity, which is the best that can protect it other than yourself,” LIPO Director General cautioned.

She rallies the involvement of the producers of creative contents to join hands with COSOL in the drive to rebrand and add value to creativity for the creation of wealth in Liberia by collectively tackling the menace of piracy. Cllr. Cooper encouraged stakeholders of the creative industry of Liberia to liaise in the enforcement of copyright laws of Liberia.

“I can promulgate laws; which is not the problem because we have beautiful laws in Liberia. Laws are not the thing, is the enforcement of the law that is the real issue here. And you plus me can make it work. Is no time to swift blame, let see what we can do collectively to change the direction of the creative sector,” Cllr. Pinky Adelyn Cooper, LIPO’s Director General mentioned.

The World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books.

On this occasion, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a year to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations.

April 23rd every calendar year is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.

This date was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books.

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