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Cosoma to form Public Private Partnership to fight piracy

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Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) has committed to fight piracy and counterfeit through the establishment of a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The establishment of the network was expected at the end of two-day workshop on Wednesday for artists in Lilongwe on intellectual property rights.

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Patricia Kaliati said there is need to nurture intellectual property rights because they have the potential to boost the country’s economy.

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“A study carried out by World Intellectual Property Organisation(Wipo) in 2009, in conjunction with the Malawi Government revealed that 3.46 percent of the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) was from the creative sector which surpassed sectors such as transportation and mining,” Kaliati said.

The government has so far put in place some laws to protect and promote creativity.

This includes the Copyright Law and has reviewed the Trademarks Act and is currently in the process of reviewing the Patent Act.

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Kaliati said the country’s intellectual property system suffers from the challenges of piracy and counterfeit which discourages potential investors in the creative industries and pose a major threat to health respectively.

“As you may be aware, nearly all of the 300 products on the World Health Organisation’s Essential Drugs List, which are critical to saving or improving people’s lives around the globe came from the Research and Development intensive pharmaceutical industry that depends on patent protection,” the minister said.

She added: “On the other hand, studies have shown that today copy-right-based industries are among the most dynamic sectors in the world economy providing new opportunities for developing as well as developed countries to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy.”

Cosoma Executive Director Dora Salamba said at the end of the meeting, a network would be formed to fight against piracy and counterfeit through PPP.

The Korean government through Wipo funded the two day meeting.

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