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INDECOPI: the watchdog!


Once again this year (previously reported here) the Peruvian National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) has reaffirmed that “ illegal reproduction or sale of any domestic or foreign production, could be fined up to 180 tax units (ITU).”

Iglesia Cristiana protagonista de filme “Perro Guardián”INDECOPI’s statement came after the premiere of a national film called 'Perro Guardián' (Watchdog) which has been selected for the International Film Festival in Montreal 2014. The Peruvian Institution discourages the population to be part of illegal products which demoralizes creators and producers - it also hurts the economy. It asked the population to only “access legal and original products and services, refusing piracy in all its forms”.

Several times INDECOPI, through the Directorate of Copyright (DDA), has coordinated actions and campaigns seeking to combat piracy and so enforcing copyright. INDECOPI is working in this with the Commission to Combat Customs Crimes and Piracy (CLCDAP), the Prosecutor's Office and the National Police of Peru. INDECOPI reports that this type of campaigns does “have good results. For example, the movie ‘Viejos Amigos’, released a few weeks ago, sets record attendance in theatres”.

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