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Guyana bans companies from selling pirated books

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 5:28 PM    

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A court in Guyana has ordered local companies to stop selling pirated textbooks to the government following a complaint filed by the London-based Publishers Association.

Justice Rishi Persaud granted the injunction on Tuesday, more than a week after Guyana's cabinet secretary said the government was buying pirated books because of their high quality and lower prices. Shortly afterward, the British publishing company accused the South American country of violating local and international laws.

Government officials have said that pirated books cost an average of $3 compared to $10 for original copies. Public schools in Guyana reopened three weeks ago and cater to more than 250,000 students

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