Sunday, January 3, 2010
Zambia: Zambia performed well in fighting piracy last year- Nkonde
Intellectual Property Specialist Kingsley Nkonde says Zambia performed very well in the fight against piracy last year.
Mr Nkonde told ZANIS in an interview, yesterday that, the success for Zambia making a mark against piracy is mainly due to the introduction of the Intellectual property unit by the Zambia Police.
He said the establishment of the unit had greatly assisted the country to effectively fight Piracy and other counterfeit products through intensified patrols.
He further said the fight against piracy and counterfeits, last year, also enjoyed political will by government.
Mr Nkonde noted it was with for this structural reason that Zambia was the only country in the region that had exposed a lot of counterfeit products not only in the music industry but in the manufacturing sector as well.
He has also paid tribute to the alert members of the general public who he said helped counter pricacy and counterfeit products in the country.
The Intellectual Property Specialist said Zambia curbed a lot of industrial counterfeits products such as fake Kiwi Polish , batteries and Vaseline among others.
He paid tribute to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS) and the police have done a lot of sensitization fight against piracy and counterfeit products to the public and added that a lot of people nterrogate their products before buying.
Mr Nkonde however said that the Music Industry performed badly last year as a number of local and international music products were pirated.
He noted that the problem has been that the people who pirate have also advanced in the equipments.
He noted the need for government to put in place security measures which will distinguish original products from counterfeit products.