Ghalib Khan, Sobia Bashir
Piracy is generally known as the deliberate infringement of copyright and an absolute disregard for the ownership or authorship of literary works. The phenomenon of book piracy stems from social, economic, academic and legal backgrounds. This work is an attempt to study the dilemma of book piracy in Pakistan through literature review. The study finds that various factors are contributing to the phenomenon of book piracy; including misconceptions about piracy, low level of literacy on the part of users, difficulties in accessing legitimate works in under developing country like Pakistan, and complicated legal procedures. The study suggests large level awareness programs about copyright laws and book piracy among the general public and the intellectual property owners by all available means. The government should take initiatives to improve the legislation relating to copyright to cope up with the socio-economic and technological developments. The study further suggests that Intellectual Property laws may be included in the law curriculum for establishing the academic background of students and faculty in Pakistan.