Global movie industry highlighted on World Intellectual Property Day

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IP rights shape each stage of the film-maker's journey from script to screen. (Photo: WIPO).

The movie industry deserves to be protected by intellectual property laws according to the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

On World Intellectual Property Day observed on 26 April each year, the organization is highlighting the importance of protecting the global film industry, an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people.

The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the role of intellectual property rights in stimulating innovation and creativity.

Cathy Jewel is from WIPO.

"Intellectual property protects the livelihoods of all of those who are involved in the creative process of film-making which is very complex and collaborative that gives rise to many different layers of IP rights. Take for example, the film starts off with a screen play and that is considered to be an original piece of work over which there is copyright protection."

WIPO says that the writers and actors, directors and producers, the editors, composers and designers, the sound and light technicians, the creators of special effects and new technologies all deserve to be protected by intellectual property laws.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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