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Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THERE are no legal DVD movie outlets in Fiji, says the head of copyright enforcement at the Fiji Intellectual Properties office, Terrence O'Neill-Joyce

Mr O'Neill-Joyce made the revelation at the 2012 fourth quarter Local Government consultative forum in Lautoka last week.

"Nobody in Fiji has a licence from international movie distribution agencies that legally allows them to hire or sell movies.

"And while we're calling for a crackdown on illegal movie sales we are not for businesses shutting down," he said.

"What we're trying to advocate is for DVD movie outlets to become compliant by legally acquiring licences and renting out movies instead of selling pirated copies."

Mr O'Neill-Joyce said while the road to becoming legitimate dealers was relatively easy it came at a cost because once they're compliant, they would have to play by the rules.

"Obviously there is a fee involved in obtaining a licence and pirate DVD outlets will have to resolve to making a profit out of renting movies and music rather than selling them.

"The profit margins, would be significantly lower because of the costs involved.

"However, DVD outlets would then be operating within the law in this respect," he said.

Mr O'Neill-Joyce added that municipal councils could play a critical role by ensuring business licences were not issued to those engaged in illegal activities like burning or downloading pirated movies and music.





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