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Unauthorized use of Belsat logotype: core of problem

Minsk police are carrying out an inspection upon the unauthorized use of the Belsat TV channel logotype. The copyright holder of this trademark filed a report to Minsk Pervomaisky district office of internal affairs at the beginning of March, 2017. The law enforcement bodies revealed those, who used the logotype. Audio and video technologies, computers were retained from them for fact-finding.

Andrei Belyakov registered the Belsat logo as far back as in 2001. According to the law he is the copyright owner of it and no one is allowed to use intellectual property without his permission. However, there are people who think, that laws are there to break. In 2012 a Polish TV company tried lifting the license away from Belyakov. He won the case, because his author’s rights came into force way before the “Telewizja Polska” did.

Andrei Belyakov, director of Belsat TV company:
In seven or eight months’ time I initiated a cross-action for using a similar logotype on the territory of Belarus. I lost the second court case, and then I made a supervisory complaint after a certain period of time. In the end I won the third court case.

Nonobjective, false and quizzical information was released under the Belsat logotype. The prohibition on people, who a personally interested in subjective information, didn’t work out. Andrei Belyakov decided to file a report to the police at the end of March 2017.

Andrei Belyakov, director of Belsat TV company:
There are a lot of inconveniences. We lost some clients, some people complain that our company is giving their names away to the mass media, in reality we have nothing to do with that. Many people associate us with the “Telewizja Polska” TV company and do not want to have anything to do with us.

Alxander Lastovsky, official representative of Minsk Chief Administration of Internal Affairs:
The police have revealed those, who used this logotype unlawfully. For the purpose of legal proceedings relating to their place of living, audio and video technologies, computers were retained. An inspection and further investigation are being carried out.

Such cases are not rare. Both for small and large companies. The use of somebody else’s name with a purpose of benefit is an unauthorized action and reserves punishment in every specific case.

Unauthorized use of Belsat logotype: core of problem