World Copyright Day was observed with a call for awareness about copyright issues on Tuesday at Bangladesh Copyright Office at Agargaon in the capital.
Bangladesh Copyright Office organised the observation programme featuring a procession, seminar and discussion.
Cultural affairs secretary Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal attended the programme as the chief guest, while additional secretary at cultural affairs ministry Nizam Uddin, copyright office registrar Zafar Raja Chowdhury and others were present as guests.
Barrister Wolora Afrin presented the key-note paper at the seminar held at the hall room of copyright office. In her paper, Afreen focused on ‘copyright law in contemporary world and the growth of broadcasting and online platforms’.
Afrin emphasised education and awareness about copyright law, enforcement of the law, setting up of a separate court or tribunal for settlements of copyright disputes to ensure benefits to intellectual property owners.
Cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal said that cultural affairs ministry would do everything necessary to ensure a healthy copyright scene. He also urged intellectual property owners to be more aware about their rights.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in its general conference held in Paris in 1995 declared April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day.
Bangladesh and around 100 countries in the world have been observing the day since 1996.
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