Pakistan’s Amended Copyright Ordinance

Copyright protection in Pakistan is governed by the Copyright Ordinance, 1962 ("the Ordinance"), which was amended in 2000 to bring Pakistan into line with the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention and Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), to which Pakistan is a signatory. In 2004, the Pakistan Intellectual Property Rights Organization (PIPRO) was created to oversee copyright, trademark and patent protection issues, in an attempt to address an acute problem of copyright piracy.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Can compulsory licenses be issued?
Can an infringing trademark become copyright material of another?
Is there a copyright on software products in Pakistan?

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