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'Police not doing enough'

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE police have not done enough to curb piracy in Fiji, says Terence O'Neill-Joyce, the head of the Copyright Enforcement Unit.

Mr O'Neill-Joyce said the monitoring of piracy should be done by the police because it was a criminal offence.

"The police are not doing enough. Just ask anybody, and I don't understand why it's a criminal offence yet we can walk from one end of the street to the other and see piracy in video shops," he said.

He said piracy was also common in Labasa.

"I walked the streets after I arrived and saw that piracy is rife in town.

"Piracy in Labasa is common — like everywhere else in Fiji."

Mr O'Neill-Joyce said they had been working closely with the police but more needed to be done.

Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan said a taskforce had been set up to look into the piracy issue.

"We now have a team that has undergone training and it has the capacity to deal with cases of copyright infringements," Mr Narayan said.

"And we will work closely with the Fiji Performing Right Association to protect artists from losing their hard-earned money."

Mr Narayan also called on members of the association to assist the police with their investigation.

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