VILNIUS - Lithuania will set up an anti-piracy center to fight against the distributors of illegal movie, music and other records, the Lithuanian Agency of the Association for the Protection of Copyright has reported.
"It is high time to fight against piracy by joining our forces," said Edmundas Vaitekunas, LATGA-A CEO. As agreed by the representatives of copyright organizations and publishing companies, the center will be set up by the end of 2006.
LATGA-A and the Music Industry Association of Lithuania first proposed to establish an anti-piracy center eight years ago. The idea, however, was buried amid a shortage of funds. The new center is expected to become a major force in the fight against the violators of copyrights of movie producers, publishers, authors, as well as the neighboring rights.
The agreement on the founders of the center and financing has not been reached as yet.
As reported by LMIA, some 265,700 units of illegal music records, films, video games and other intellectual property items were seized in Lithuania last year. The authorities opened 106 investigations