Pirated textbook seller nabbed
ISLAMABAD- The Kohsar police, Islamabad, has arrested the owner of a leading bookstore in the Super Market for allegedly selling a pirated textbook.
According to a complaint by a customer lodged with the police, he bought the pirated edition of the arithmetic textbook for class 9 for Rs 150 against Rs 995 for the genuine book.
A posse of police raided the shop and took the owner, Mohammed Yusuf, into custody, which caused unrest among the booksellers and other traders.
The traders welfare association of the Super Market has strongly protested against the arrest and convened a meeting of the association to condemn the attitude of the police.
The issue of pirated edition has assumed a menacing proportion because genuinely printed books, especially textbooks of foreign origin, are extremely costly, But the dilemma is that many genuine Pakistani authors also find that pirated editions of their books are available on stores, in sheer violation of the copyright laws.
Source: Business Recorder