MOROCCAN PIRATES NOW RISK JAIL UNDER NEW LAW
The much-talked about Moroccan pirates will now risk a jail sentence under a law on intellectual that will be passed shortly. It was approved unanimously in early January by the Chambre des Conseillers and only now awaits approval from the Chambre des Représentants.
For a first offence, the penalty is a jail sentence of between 2-6 months and a fine of between 10,000-100,000 dirhams. In event of a pirate committing a second offence the jail term goes up to 1-4 years and the fine would be between 60,000-600,000 dirhams. The role of the intellectual property agency responsible for enforcing the new law, the Bureau Marocain du Droit d’Auteur (BMDA)has also been reinforced by being given wider powers of enforcement.