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Iran's Culture Ministry backs anti-piracy ads

TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has financed 10 anti-piracy commercials for TV screening. The animation commercials are being directed by Orod Peykanfar from the Hur Institute which is a company famous for its production of animated ads promoting driving regulations for the Iranian police.

"The targets, plots, and priorities of the commercials have been chosen by the culture ministry's officials," said Reza Taqaddosi, the institute's production director and writer of the animations.

"The animations make use of a series of permanent characters, although several other individuals are introduced as demanded by the stories," he explained.

The Iranian motion picture industry has been the victim of piracy over the past few years. Copies of on-screen movies have been sold by bootleggers shortly after their premiere performances and sometimes even prior to their official screening.

The situation worsened at the beginning of summer, when people had more free time.

On June 19, Iranian cineastes attended a gathering at the Film Museum of Iran to sign a petition warning cultural officials of the severe crisis facing the industry.

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