BOOK INDUSTRY IN RP GROWS DESPITE PIRACY
MANILA, APRIL 22, 2007 (STAR) By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio - Piracy has not dampened the growth of the book publishing industry as almost P15 billion worth of books were sold in 2005, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) said.
In a statement, IP Philippines said that despite the prevalence of book piracy, indicators show that there was growth in the industry.
Data from the National Book Development Board (NBDB) said almost P15 billion worth of books sales were reported in 2005 alone by NBDB registered publishers, and a total of 16,281 books were published from 2004 to 2006.
In a recent two-day conference on copyright, IP Philippines discussed the issue of book piracy in the country. "Book piracy deprives authors the fruits of their labor and stunts the growth of the publishing industry and the economy. Beyond economics, a robust publishing is imperative to preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage," Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., IP Philippines director general, said.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized the international conference which has the theme, "WIPO Sub-Regional Roundtable on Copyright-based Business: Authorship, Publishing and Access to Knowledge". Some 50 local authors, publishers and organizations in the publishing industry, which include delegates from six IP offices in Southeast Asia, participated in the event.
"We are institutionalizing our copyright support services unit, which includes facilitating the establishment of collection societies for writers and other artists similar to what Filscap has done for musicians. To do this, we have established strong ties with the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), the Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL) and other writers’ groups," Cristobal said.
The National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) enforcement report showed that the police confiscated almost P1 million worth of photocopying machines and books in two establishments, and arrested a stall owner.
Since its creation two years ago, the NCIPR has seized various pirated items valued at more than P3.3 billion.
IP Philippines and NBDB are aggressively raising copyright awareness to support authors and the publishing industry, and eliminate book piracy.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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