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Monday, 24 February 2014

Patricia Covarrubia

Charity begins at home

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The Peruvian IP Institute INDECOPI has sent a warning to those that engage in practices of piracy. The reminder of this illegal act, that is punished by fines and even up to 8 years in prison, comes before the release of the national film ‘El vientre’ (the womb).

In the same line, organizations and parties such as: the Commission to Combat Customs Crimes and Piracy, the Attorney General's Office, and the National Police of Peru, are working together bringing a campaign to combat piracy and to prevent such action that deter the creativity of authors and artists.

In this particular case, INDECOPI “decided that its regional offices in the cities where the film will be shown, implement the necessary actions against piracy. In the same line, the said Institute “urged the public to reject any offer of pirated material from unscrupulous traders who profit from the efforts of others.”

Reading the news, which is pleased to hear, one may wonder why this extra care? What about non-national products? Then I thought of the proverb ‘You should take care of family and people close to you before you worry about helping others’. Indeed, perhaps with this extra-action, film viewers may start to realize how important is to protect copyright. Hopefully it will give them a sense of deference for their own product and valuate their creators and artist. At the end, charity should begin at home.


Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia