LAHORE -Oxford University Press (OUP), one of the leading publishing houses for school textbooks in Pakistan, is engaged in intensive countrywide efforts to clamp down on book pirates. As a part of this anti piracy campaign, raids are being conducted across the country with the assistance of an intellectual property rights organization and the local police.

The bane of piracy affects our younger generation the most as it affects their education. Piracy also poses a burden on the financial budget of a household as pirated books are usually sold at the same price as the original ones but are of an inferior quality. Such infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, authors, the Pakistan government, and parents and pupils who are cheated into buying sub-standard, pirated books.

The anti piracy campaign started in Lahore, the literary hub of Pakistan, in December last year and will continue till March of the current year. These raids have been conducted based on the information provided by the intellectual property rights organization. During the initial raids, approximately 100,000 pirated books (which are usually primary level books) have been recovered. The culprits have been apprehended and arrested under the Copyright Act and an FIR has been lodged against them at the local police stations. OUP is also involved in educating the civil society about IPR and piracy and urges them to be vigilant and play their part in eradicating this scourge from the society.

OUP has been at the forefront in the fight for safeguarding intellectual property rights.