WIPO to help Vanuatu combat online piracy: Copyright Registrar

Registrar of Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office, Britten Yosef, at the meeting in Tokyo, Japan.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be working closely with the Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office (VIPO) in Port Vila to combat the country’s main challenge in copyright and intellectual property rights, which is online piracy.

This was revealed by the Registrar of VIPO, Britten Yoself, following his discussions with WIPO officials at the Asia Pacific Heads of Copyright Office meeting in Tokyo, Japan on October 23-26, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to protect the rights of authors of copyright works.

“Our main concern in Vanuatu is online piracy,” Registrar Yosef said.

“At the meeting in Tokyo I met with some of the speakers and established dialogue with them with the view to benefit from technical assistance from them.” 

Britten Yosef was invited by WIPO, a United Nations specialized agency on Intellectual Property, and Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan.

He was among representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Marchall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu from the Pacific and Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Thailand in Asia.

The meeting discussed issues and challenges of copyright in the region and shared experiences.

They had the benefits of listening to speakers from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry based in Hong Kong; Kaleidoscope Entertainment and Member of the Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India; Society for the Collection and Distribution of Royalties for the Performing Art and Association of European Performers’ Rights Administration; International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers; Waseda University; Firstbrave Information Technology Co. Ltd; Information Technology Law Office; and Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC).

“Our challenge in Vanuatu is cyber infringements, but we are glad that WIPO is working with some of those high tech companies to develop software to combat online piracy,” Yosef added.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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