Infringement of Copyright Ownership
By virtue of Section 44 of the Copyright Act 1997, any person who, without the express authorization of the copyright owner, sells or has in his possession in the course of trade, any copy of a work that constitutes an infringement of the copyright of its owner, commits an offence.
Where such an offence is committed, the Police Department seizes the copies, carries out an enquiry and thereafter the matter is referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, whereupon the decision to prosecute or not to prosecute is taken.
Members of the public are reminded that any person who commits an offence shall:
(i) on a first conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 300,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years;
(ii) on a second or subsequent offence be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 500,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years.
The Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Mauritius Society of Authors (MASA) and the Anti-Piracy Unit of the Police Department are working in close collaboration to ensure that infringing copies of works are not offered for sale.
Members of the public and artists in particular are invited to report any case of dealings in infringing copies of works to the nearest Police Station or on the following telephone no: (+230)208 1212. Moreover, the Hotlines of the Anti Piracy Unit are operational on a 24 hour basis as follows:
Tel. No: (+230)211-4347, 211-9114, 212-1212(Ext 1376) - from 0800 to 1600 hrs
Tel. No: (+230)208 7944, 208 1212(Ext 1316) - from 1600 hrs to next morning
|6 December 2004
Commissioner of Police / Ministry of Arts & Culture