Students march in support of intellectual property rights reform

August 21, 2012

Copy center employees and students from public universities and high schools marched to Casa Presidencial Tuesday, in San José’s southeastern district of Zapote, to support a reform approved by lawmakers in July that would allow photocopying of books for academic purposes. The bill is awaiting President Laura Chinchilla’s signature to become law.

The Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Information Technology and Commerce urged Chinchilla to veto the law, saying that it decriminalizes copyright violations.

The protesters gathered early in the morning at the University of Costa Rica campus, east of San José, and headed to Casa Presidencial.

The new legislation eliminates penalties of up to six years in prison for theft or copying of intellectual property, including unauthorized reproduction of software, photographs, artwork and books, if used for educational purposes.

Chinchilla is on an official trip in South Korea and will return to Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica
Pic of the Day
191 views
Pic of the Day
191 views

Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica

Alissa Grosskopf - October 17, 2018

Jaguars represent an important part of Latin America's indigenous heritage. For its strength, grace and mysterious aura, it is a…

Nicaragua calls Carlos Alvarado’s statements “disrespectful” and “intrusive”
News
1200 views
News
1200 views

Nicaragua calls Carlos Alvarado’s statements “disrespectful” and “intrusive”

AFP / The Tico Times - October 16, 2018

The Nicaraguan government described statements by Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado about Nicaragua's “internal affairs” as “disrespectful” and “intrusive.” The…

Transformational travel in Costa Rica: Turning the flat world round
Costa Rica
916 views
Costa Rica
916 views

Transformational travel in Costa Rica: Turning the flat world round

Alissa Grosskopf - October 16, 2018

The sound of roaring water and the fear in my body drown out the encouraging shouts of my group behind…