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Alleged perpetrators of pirated textbooks served with an injunction from British publishers

The copyright  issue between the British Publishers and the alleged copyright infringers in Guyana, turned another page today after the alleged perpetrators were served with an injunction, restraining them from reproducing and offering for sale, the school texts.

Justice Rishi Persaud granted the injunction yesterday. The British publishers including Oxford Cambridge University Press and  Macmillan among others, filed the  injunction against Avinash Boodhoo, whom the publishers believe to be the main person responsible for the reproduction of the school texts. The injunction also restrains some known sales agents like Giftland Office Max, Metro and Gandhi Sales, from selling, exhibiting by way of trade, dealing in the unauthorized reproduction of the Publisher’s text, without the permission of the publishers.

The injunction will also result in the Publishers seizing the unauthorized copies from the reproducer and the sales outlets. Any unauthorized sales after this injunction would constitute an act of contempt of court and could result in prison terms for  those engaged in those transactions. The publishers intend to be very vigilant in their  efforts to ensure compliance.

This move comes even as President Donald Ramotar last Friday announced his intention to revisit the issue in an effort to bring an end to the controversy.

Over the past 2 weeks Education Minister, Priya Manickchand, had weighed in on the issue saying that the overriding concern for the Government was a moral one  and was done only to ensure that the nation’s children receive adequate supplies of textbooks.

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon, had also pronounced on the matter calling it an industrial matter. He had said last week, that the  decision to procure the pirated texts was to save money.

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