Copyright office finalises new draft of law


PV Desk : The copyright office has finalised a new draft of the copyright law that increases penalties for offences and strengthens protections for folk knowledge and culture.
The draft will soon be sent to the law ministry for approval, said Mashiur Rahman, chief of the Copyright Board. Once the draft receives the green light from the law ministry it will be sent to the cabinet for final approval, said Rahman, also additional secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Bangladesh introduced the Copyright Act in 2000 and amended it in 2005. The latest revision seeks to update and modernise the law.
The new draft incorporates the opinions of those affected by it, said Rahman.
The protection of folk knowledge and folk culture has been prioritised in the draft. The draft will also reform certain aspects of the law related to copyrights on music.