A preliminary coordination meeting to hold a forum on copyright was held at the meeting hall of Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the meeting, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun said the country has enacted a copyright law in 1914 but this was no longer in line with the time and era and was being amended to be in accord with WIPO Convention. At the moment Industrial Design Law and Trademark Law were enacted while Literature and Art Copyright Law is being drafted and will be approved and enacted soon. A systematic discussion on literature and art copyright needs to be conducted. That is why this preliminary coordination meeting is being held, said the Deputy Minister.
The country lacks knowledge and experience in copyright and unwittingly violated others copyright while violation of own copyright were ignored and overlooked.
Once the copyright law is enacted a Collective Management Organization (CMO) will be formed and joint management of literature and art copyright will be conducted. There will also be a need to cooperate with sector wise officials said the Deputy Minister.
Meeting attendees then conducted sector wise discussions. Following the meeting, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun received Thai Journalist Association (TJA) Vice President Ms Kornchanok Raksaseri and party at the ministry.
At the meeting, they cordially and openly discussed current situation of media sector in Myanmar and achievements, ongoing processes and challenges in the sector, and Thailand’s offer of conducting journalism training focusing skills and ethics by Thailand.
(Translated by Zaw Min)