SKOPJE, 10.08.2010 – The Broadcasting Council (BC) called upon all television stations in Republic of Macedonia to protect the authors’ and related rights of the broadcast content, no matter if it is of national or foreign production, after the reaction from the “Vardar Film” Film Centre, in regard to certain unauthorized broadcasts of its movies on some TV channels.
Prior to every broadcast of a movie from “Vardar Film” production, the TV stations must sign a contract with “Vardar Film”, which will allow TV broadcast, because this production house has no long term broadcasting contracts any broadcasting enterprise in Macedonia.
„The Broadcasting Council will continue its intensive monitoring both on the operators of public communication networks and on the broadcasters focused on the adherence to the legal provisions for protection of the authors’ and related rights. Every infringement of the authors’ and related rights brings moral, civil and criminal responsibility“ – said BC President, Zoran Stefanoski.
During the past four months BC initiated about 30 misdemeanor and criminal procedures against legal entities that had violated the legal provisions for protection of the author’s and related rights. In the fight against piracy the Broadcasting Council collaborates with all relevant institutions, as the governmental Coordinative Body for Intellectual Property Protection, the State Market Inspectorate, the Ministry of Interior and the Agency for Intellectual Property Protection.