A much needed copyright law has to find its way into parliamentary waters.
Pirates beware! A law protecting intellectual property (IP) could soon cannonball your ships full of illegally downloaded data.
The Union Parliament is indeed set to debate a law protecting the creative works of writers, artists, singers and filmmakers. When will the law be voted and take effect largely depends on how the discussions go in parliament, but a draft is making its way through the various committees already.
Today, intellectual property in Myanmar falls under the 1914 Copyright Act, a legislation drawn up by the Brits in colonial times. Not many people had DVD players a century ago – neither did anyone under the impoverished years of military dictatorship. But in 2012, the Thein Sein administration felt that the patchy legal framework was deterring foreign investments. Then talks about revising Myanmar’s intellectual property law started.