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Guyana Government set to engage the publishers of pirated textbooks.

The Government of Guyana appears to be continuing its flip flopping on the infringement of copyright of textbooks issue and with the Private Sector Commission and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce adding to the wave of criticism of the administration’s intention to purchase pirated textbooks for the nation’s school children, the Government is now getting set to engage the publishers of the textbooks.

The Publishers for several of the textbooks said, the Government was preparing to buy the bootleg copies and moved to the courts last week effectively blocking the further photocopying of their books and the advertising and sale of the same books by a number of local companies, including some that had submitted bids to the administration to supply pirated books.

President Ramotar last week moved to the united nations with what some saw as a strange and embarrassing request, asking that international copyright laws be relaxed so that the Guyana Government could purchase the pirated books. That move has been heavily criticized also.

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