New C & E awareness campaign to focus on the impact of book piracy
If you are a student, a professional, or a book enthusiast, chances are you have acquired a pirated book at least once in your life. You might have bought a bootleg edition or downloaded an unauthorized copy of a book in PDF or other formats. Not guilty? What about photocopying an entire book or even a few pages of a reading material?
Under Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, the unauthorized reproduction or photocopying of any copyrighted book or other works, in whole or in part, is a serious criminal offense which carries a maximum penalty of nine years imprisonment and a fine of one million pesos.
A number of Filipinos, however, resort to buying pirated versions of expensive or hard-to-find textbooks and reference materials. In fact, many of them are not aware that book piracy (the illegal reproduction, distribution, and sale of books) is an unscrupulous business.
Hence, to intensify its efforts to combat book piracy in the Philippines, C & E Publishing, Inc. will launch a new campaign before 2015 ends. With the tagline, "Book Piracy Kills," the advocacy aims not just to create a mindset that book piracy is a crime but also to raise awareness on its impact on the publishing industry.
Compared with the previous tagline, "Book Piracy is a Crime," the new slogan hopes to make people understand how book piracy affects authors, editors, artists, and other people whose livelihood depends on the local publishing industry. C & E is likewise optimistic that the reading public will support the drive, and in the process, encourage homegrown local authors to write and publish their works and foreign publishers to make their textbooks and reference materials readily available locally.
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