The Copyright Act 1999 came into effect on 1 July 2000. This Act is based on UK, Australian and New Zealand legislation and introduces a comprehensive scheme for protecting copyright and related rights. Significantly, the Act extends copyright protection to industrial designs.
The Act represents a long-overdue modernisation of Fiji’s intellectual property law. Its full enforcement will, however, depend on the Government’s ability to commit resources to its implementation, as well as the capacity of officials to enforce its terms.
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