Bill Tightening Penalties for Copyright Violation Introduced in Armenian Parliament

May 24 2010 - 12:02

A bill aimed at tightening penalties for copyright violation was introduced in the Armenian Parliament on April 26, 2010.

The aim of this bill is to protect the rights of authors. It calls for mandatory marking of audio and video information carriers with hologram labels.

The bill foresees a penalty of USD 2,500 (EUR 2,030) for the first breach of the law, and a prison sentence of up to 12 months for the repeat of the offense.

The last survey conducted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) shows Armenia among nations with highest software piracy rates, with 93 percent illegal software.

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Source: Arka News Agency

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