Minister of Culture: intellectual property – among top priorities for Lithuania

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2018 09 25

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The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will implement a joint project aimed at increasing the protection of related rights and copyright in the digital environment and raising public awareness. This project was agreed upon today by Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in Geneva.

‘The Ministry of Culture strengthens its role in copyright and related rights and coordinates their protection. With proper protection of intellectual property, enlightening the public and making legal access, we hope to reduce the widespread piracy on the internet’, says Minister of Culture. ‘Public respect for intellectual property is an important condition of an innovative economy.’

According to Minister Ruokytė-Jonsson, Lithuania intends to take comprehensive measures to inform and educate the population about intellectual property and its protection in the digital environment.

In the meeting it was stated that Lithuania, with its great potential for creativity and innovation in various fields, could expect full support from the WIPO in reforming the intellectual property system.

A legitimate use of the products of creative activities in various ways and means enables the copyright holders to receive an appropriate reward, ensuring further investment in creativity and dissemination of its products. This way will help promote both cultural diversity and development of creative industries. Therefore, it is very important for the developers of art (authors and performers) and for the creative industries (producers and publishers of audiovisual content) to have their intellectual property rights protected and defended in the most effective way.

The goals and possible measures were also discussed at the meeting of Vice-Minister of Culture Gytis Andrulionis with WIPO’s Director of the Department for Transition and Developed Countries Michail Svantner, as well as heads of other departments. National intellectual property strategies, their better coordination, training of judges in the field of intellectual property and public awareness topics were discussed as well.