Ali Akbar Turanian, Member of the Academic Publishers Association Board of Directors, in interview with Tasnim news agency in response to uprising controversy about Iran ratifying copyright, currently the talk in the Ministry of Culture, said "It is a pity that things are said which show that many of the officials do not understand the situations. We are a country at undercover fight with the US, a country which has been put under unjust sanctions. With these sanctions the US or European countries will not make bones to do anything.”
"Meanwhile in academic circles the majority of books referenced to are foreigners. We need the scientific books that are published throughout the world. What will we gain if we ratify copyright?” he demanded.
Turanian further said "Ratifying copyright is like putting our hand under the enemy’s cleaver. We need technology and science today so that we may use it to get to our real standing. If we put our hand under the enemy’s cleaver, an enemy who has done everything to impose sanctions on us in drugs and other things, what will we do if he comes about and puts sanctions on science as well? Today our students are reading these very books. If we consider the issue seriously, we will find that there is no need to do something like that.”