Gov’t Appreciated For New IP Law

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A few heads of the various artist unions recently appreciated the government of Liberia for doing everything humanly possible for the county to have a new Intellectual Property Law, which was one of the requirements for the country to ascend to the World Trade Organization.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to Alex Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kekura Kamara, head of the delegations and President of the Liberia National Cultural Union (LINCU), said the new law is going to bring in a system where artists get just and fair dividends from their creations.

“While the new law has not been signed by the president; however, it is the beginning of a revolution that is going to put this country’s artists on the international stage,” he said.

“We also applaud the national lawmakers for their farsightedness and the speedy passage of this new law; and when it’s approved by the president then we will know something good has been fully completed.

“Hon. Addy, the work is not over yet. While we remain grateful to you and your team for help to pass this law, we are still urging you to make sure the President signs this law soon.

“Artists can contribute greatly to any country’s economic and developmental agenda once their rights are fully protected, not just by legislation, but action as well,” Mr. Kamara said in his brief remark to the minister.

For his part, Minister Addy said the passage of the new IP law clearly demonstrates that the government cares about the creative sector. He later assured the delegation that the law will soon be signed by the president.

Minister Addy revealed that plans are underway in a short period of time for the restructuring of the intellectual property rights, which calls for a new system and a collaborative, collective society.

“We are currently working to construct a new intellectual property office. But my advice to you is that you need to come together under one umbrella as one people with one voice. You need to unite. Do not focus on personality, but the institution,” Minister Addy cautioned the delegation.

Other members of the high powered delegation include Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador, Julie Endee, Fato A. Wheremongar, President of the Liberian Professional Painters Organization (LIPPO), and Martha Akorsah, President of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU).

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