Media roles and IP

Bangladesh Copyright & IP Forum organised a workshop titled ‘Intellectual Property Issues and Media: Dos and Don’ts’ on December 9 at the Shilpakala Academy.

Journalists and officials from Copyright Office Bangladesh, Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and other organizations attended the workshop.

M Hamid, director general of Bangladesh Television (BTV) says, sometimes media practitioners use contents belonging to people without providing due credit to the owners. While using others’ content media personnel have to pay credit to the original owners. But to enforce copyright, people whose rights are violated must speak themselves, he observed.

Md Manzurur Rahman, secretary of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, also ex-registrar of copyright office discusses the basics and importance of copyright. He emphasises on media’s role in creating awareness among the people through talking ins and outs of the rights.

ABM HamidulMishbah, chief executive of BIPF says whose rights are violated can go to the court. People do not know about the copyright law and thus it is not applied, he adds. Media should come forward to raise awareness about it.

Kazi Zahin Hasan, president of BIPF, Sahela Akter, deputy registrar of Copyright Office also spoke at the workshop.

Source: Xtra, New Age, December 14, 2012