Thursday, 21 February 2008

Zambia Steps up the fight against counterfeits

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services in conjunction with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), security wings and other stakeholders have intensified the fight against piracy in the country, according to The Times Of Zambia. Recently, the Anti-Piracy Squad in Nakonde conducted raids on buses and confiscated pirated products among them DVDs, VCDs and audio tapes worth billions of kwacha from traders dealing in the illegal business. Other stakeholders interested in defeating this problem include Zambia Bureau of Standards, the Patents Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Pharmacy and the Poisons Board.

The Nakonde raid was also covered here.

Afro-IP notes that Zambia's intentions to combat piracy follow recent similar initiatives in neighbouring Tanzania, which shares an access route via Nakonde. See Afro-IP reports here and here.

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