Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Federation of Publishers' and Booksellers' Associations in India has urged the Union Government's Enforcement Advisory Committee on Piracy to form a nodal agency at the State-level, S.C. Sethi, president of the federation, has said. He was addressing presspersons here on Saturday on the sidelines of a seminar on “Publishing” organised by the federation, National Book Trust, India, and the Bangalore Booksellers' and Publishers' Association. “Piracy is a criminal offence and is akin to dacoity. While the Government loses legitimate tax, the author loses out on royalty and the publisher loses profit. Though the laws to prevent piracy are in place, enforcement is at the lowest possible level,” he said.

He said that the association was now preparing a manual to be circulated among the police officials to monitor piracy. “Every year, publishers suffer at least 25 per cent loss in revenue owing to piracy that comes up to Rs. 500 crore. Piracy of textbooks and bestsellers are the major contributors,” he added. Besides circulating the manual and posters on Copyright Act, the association would also train the officials in the agency. “We plan to circulate posters in schools and colleges to put an end to photocopying of textbooks,” he said.

Mr. Sethi said with the advent of modern publishing techniques, the book publishing industry in India had made great advances.