Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya has said piracy is a serious crime which if left unchecked, has the potential to undermine the economic wellbeing of the country.
Speaking at this year’s commemoration of the world intellectual property day, Mr. Kapeya reiterated Government’s efforts in fighting against the scourge.
He said government has since purchased five million holograms to curb piracy.
He said the security feature to be affixed on all audio-video products sold in Zambia will help law enforcement agencies and the public at large to distinguish original from counterfeit products.
Mr. Kapeya said the hologram and other measures will greatly help in fighting piracy and counterfeiting.
The deputy minister thanked the private sector and government officials present at the function for taking time to participate in this important event.
Mr. Kapeya said their presence demonstrates the importance they attach to the role of intellectual property in human development.
He said private sector participation further amplifies the fact that the promotion and protection of intellectual property was not a responsibility of Government alone but of all stakeholders.