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Ministry of Culture Mulls Copyright Protection

Officials of the Ministry of Culture met with Cambodian artists and other at a workshop Wednesday to decide how better to promote copyright in a country rife with pirated DVDs and other copied works.

By cooperating with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the ministry hopes to protect the works of producers, authors, photographers and performers.

At a two-day conference, WIPO representatives met with more than 100 of Cambodia's artists, many of whom complain their works are too easily stolen, making it unprofitable and hard to innovate.

Minister of Culture Long Ponna Sirivoath said Cambodia's intellectual property rights were not well protected, but the aim of the conference was to help Cambodian artists mobilize to form "their own unit to protect [their] achievements."