Pirated books seized from printing press
Karachi: Around 142 pirated copies of Oxford University Press textbooks were seized in a raid on a printing press in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Thursday.
The confiscated textbook series included New Countdown, New Oxford Social Studies for Pakistan, New Oxford Primary Science, Oxford History for Pakistan, Nardban-e-Urdu and New Oxford Modern English.
The raid, conducted on Mahmood Book Bank by Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and police officials along with Roving Source, a security concern engaged in providing anti-piracy services and copyright protection in Pakistan, was part of the ongoing efforts to combat book piracy.
Action was taken after the law enforcers received reports of the illegal printing of Oxford textbooks at book bank. The owner of the printing press was detained for interrogation.
The entire stock of the pirated books was taken to the Sharea Faisal Police Station, where an FIR (No. 72/2014) was registered under sections 66, 66A and 66B of the Copyright Act 1962.
Such infringements on intellectual property rights cause heavy losses to the publishing industry, the authors, the Pakistan government, as well as to parents and pupils who are cheated into buying sub-standard, pirated books.