Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Don Polye is calling on law enforcers and the courts to apply tougher penalties on piracy.
Mr Polye says he has learnt that a few individuals have been in the business of piracy to make money at the expense of hardworking painters, writers, singers, designers among others.
He is urging law enforcers to crack down on the crime syndicate.
Mr Polye says market places and bus-stops are a safe haven for the sale of pirated items.
He says under the opposition's policy, a state agency would be immediately established to regulate and implement policies and regulations on protecting intellectual property rights, copyright and the register of patents.