The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) has finally launched its long waited website and newsletter in the country.
The website and newsletter, which were launched on December 14, will ensure the protection of work done by musicians, artists, as well as trademark registration from copyrights.
It is also one-step forward in dealing with online registration of creative works and will have available data-base of unprotected work and that of the Liberia 2016 Intellectual Property law among other things.
Speaking at the launch, LIPO Director General, Atty. P. Adelyn Cooper, said the institution, being the power house of innovation and creativity, decided to come up with such initiative to help protect artists’ work from copyright infringement and to also generate more revenues for government.
“We find out that the more revenue you generate as a ministry or agency of government, the more you get in the budget and then you get to do many other things; and we want to see the institution grow from this stage,” she added.
Atty. Cooper said they want to ensure royalties are collected for the benefit of artists and to protect the rights of artists, adding: “We want to make Liberia an intellectual property society and this is a first start to getting where we want to get as an institution.
On the newsletter, Atty. Cooper congratulated her staff for their tireless efforts in making sure that the launch of the LIPO newsletter was successful.
“This maiden edition of our newsletter will promote and capture a summary of our activities for 2018,” she said. “We are hopeful of a quarterly publication of the LIPO newsletter with specific focus on promoting innovation, invention and creativity in our society.”
Atty. Cooper stated that, as the institution of government responsible to develop and promote policies and programs for the generation, protection, commercial exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the country, LIPO will be very engaged and play and integral role in achieving “our national development agenda, the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), with focus on wealth creation, by harnessing the ingenuity and creativity of our society.”
This quarterly newsletter, according to her, will highlight, educate and inform the general public about issues, policies, new legislations and regulations for the proper regulation of the creative industry; this will be done with the objective of ensuring adequate remuneration for commercial exploitation of creativity in all places.
Earlier, Deputy Commerce Minister for Administration, Wilfred J.S. Bangura, lauded the management and staff of LIPO for such innovation.
He said any organization today, without a website is non-existent, because the website is a hub for information, “so, the launching of this website will put all these things into check only if you make use of the opportunities.”
Bangura also used the occasion to pledge MOCI’s commitment to ensure that mechanisms are put into place.
Meanwhile, the December 14 launch was graced by a team of lawyers, former MOCI Minister Axel Addy, artists and a host of other personalities.