Guyana observes World Book and Copyright Day – 23rd Apr 2013
As Guyana joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Book and Copyright day, there is a call for Guyanese to respect the work done by authors, musicians, artistes and other individuals, and companies who are involved in publishing and other related services.
Professor Joyce Jonas of the University of Guyana said, at a time when there are high costs associated with accessing services from professionals such as doctors and lawyers, it would be morally wrong for the those who are involved in publishing, music and other productions to have their work photocopied or pirated without a dollar going towards them.
Professor Jonas described the recent policy of the Government to allow for the photocopying of textbooks as a wrong approach. Last year, the Government awarded contracts to photocopy textbooks, with the justification that it was cheaper to do so. After protest, the Government changed its mind and signed a deal with the publishers of the textbooks.
April 23 was first proclaimed as World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO in 1995. According to the United Nations, the Day is celebrated by a growing number of partners and since its launch, has shown itself to be a great opportunity for reflection and information on a significant theme.