The House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 concurred with the Liberian Senate to pass into law the Liberia Intellectual Property Act.
Minister Addy urged creators and inventors to take advantage of the instrument to move their work forward and make the Liberian economy better.
Speaking during the weekend at the premier of a Liberian movie “Skinned” at the Monrovia City Hall, Minister Addy noted that the move is a requirement for Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
“The government will ensure the protection of your intellectual property and now you that are in the business of producing movie can make use of the legislation,” the Commerce and Industry minister added.
The movie “Skinned”, shot in the United States, and directed by actress LisaRaye McCoy, features Liberian actor Van Vicker and other A-list American actresses and actors including Brad James, Jasmine Burke, Drew Sidora and Cycerli Ash among others.
The film addresses skin coloration within the black community, and centers on a young woman named Jolie whose insecurities about her skin color, misconception about beauty, and search for romance causes her to bleach her skin beyond recognition in an attempt to capture the heart of the perfect suitor, something that leads to the detriment of her health.
Also speaking at the premier of the movie actor Van Vicker commended the Minister of Commerce and Industry for the farsightedness, adding that the move is a “fantastic start for producers to know that their rights and intellectual properties are protected by law.”
The internationally acclaimed actor assured artists to use his expertise to improve the Liberian film industry which is also known as Lollywood.
“I know the Liberian film industry has lots of challenges, I am not God, but I will do my best,” Vicker said.
As a way of starting to help the Liberian film industry, Vicker said he will in November of this year come back into the country to shoot a television series for Liberians and at the same time shoot the part two of his movie Bintu Sudan.
He used the occasion to call on well-meaning Liberians not to hesitate to support the Liberian film industry.
The premier of the movie “Skinned” was graced by top diplomats, government officials, business people and ordinary Liberians.
Meanwhile, Van Vicker has donated US$200 to the Liberian Movie Union, though its president Martha Akosa as his contribution to support the group’s participation in an upcoming film festival in Egypt this year.
“We are really glad that Van Vicker is living true to his promise. We encourage other Liberians and organizations to support the movie industry to get us where we ought to be,” Akosa told Capitol Times.