(27 May 2015) EIFL reports that as Myanmar emerges from five decades of economic and political isolation, the government is taking measures to open up the economy and to introduce legal and social reforms across a wide range of sectors. Trade-related legislation such as competition and consumer protection laws are being revised, and comprehensive new laws on intellectual property – trademark, patent and copyright – are being introduced.
The adoption of a new copyright law, expected in 2015 or 2016 after national elections, is of critical concern to libraries. It is vital that Myanmar adopts a new copyright law that supports education and learning, one of Myanmar’s main development priorities, especially as Myanmar has Least Developed Country status. The law should enable the development of modern, effective library services, and allow people to reasonably use copyright-protected content for their everyday information needs.
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