Urdu publishing is up, but copyright problems persist

At www.dawn.com, Rauf Parekh writes that despite the usual gloom and doom complaints from publishers of Urdu books, “What I want to say is that during the year 2013 most of the publishers of Urdu books kept on churning out new as well as old titles despite their never-ending albeit fake pessimism.”

One problem though with the publication of older titles is the reluctance of many publishers to pay royalties or to respect copyright laws. “They not only reproduce old titles,” he says, “especially the ones that are always are in demand and sell well, but they themselves claim the copyrights of the works they have published illegally.”

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