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Alarm on porn access

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, January 11, 2013

PORNOGRAPHIC movies are being sold at pirate DVD outlets in the country.

This was revealed by the head of the copyright enforcement unit at the Fiji Intellectual Property Office Terrence O'Neill-Joyce.

Mr O'Neill-Joyce said through a covert operation involving a taxidriver in Suva, he was able to obtain two pornographic movies quite easily.

"This is alarming especially when you consider that children could quite easily have access to these types of movies," he said.

Speaking at the fourth quarter Local Government consultative forum underway in Lautoka, Mr O'Neill-Joyce said the sale of pornographic movies could be stemmed through innovative measures by identifying the traders involved.

He also said municipal councils could play a critical role in combating the sale of pirated movies which was illegal in Fiji because of the fact that the country had signed five international copyright agreements.

"You have to get DVD movie outlets to sign two documents that will bind them legally to operate within the confines of our laws.

Chief operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said no cases of pornographic movies being sold at DVD outlets had been reported to police so far.

ACP Tudravu said police would only be aware if such cases were reported to them.


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