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For Creative Contents Violations: Commerce Ministry Gets Tough

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…As Mobile Network Operators, Others, Risk Serious Actions

MONROVIA: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has called on those in violation of Liberia’s Intellectual Property Regulations to immediately desist or be made to account for their actions.

Specific reference is made to users of Creative Contents, particularly music, arts, movies, etc.

According to the Government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, majority users of Creative Contents are not in compliance with the rules governing the commercial use of these materials bearing the Intellectual Property Rights of institutions and individuals having ownership rights as prescribed by Sections 9.6, 9.35 and 9.36 of the 2016 Intellectual Property Act and ensuing Copyright Regulations.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry considers such acts as “implied violation” of the General Business Laws of the country, the Intellectual Property Law and further undermines Liberia’s commitment to International Trade Rules and Obligations over Intellectual Property and the country’s Creative/Entertainment Industry.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry wishes to be categorically clear about the matter and requests nothing other than full compliance by all registered businesses using Creative Contents within the bailiwick of Liberia by obtaining the needed Copyright Clearances and Licenses before the commercial exploitation of Creative Contents as prescribed by law.

As part of efforts to ensure compliance, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), along with its implementing partners- the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) and the Copyright Society of Liberia (SOSOL) will conduct routine surveillance and inspection exercises.

We call on Creative Contents Users, including Mobile Network Operators (MNO), Centers of Hospitality (hotels, motels, bars, and restaurants.), traders, wholesalers, retailers of music, movie, etc, to take keen note of the country’s existing Intellectual Property Regulations, the Commerce and Industry release, signed by Jacob N.B. Parley, Communications Director pointed out.

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