Nigeria Copyright Commission confiscates N10bn worth of Pirated Materials
According to the Director of Lagos Zone, Nigeria Copyright Commission, Chris Nkwocha, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated pirated materials worth ten billion Naira in the last six years in the country.
Mr Afam Ezekude, the NCC Director-General, equally made known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in an interview on Monday that hawkers of pirated movies who had been displaying their wares had had their wares seized. “The commission has scaled up its enforcement activities in the last six and half years and we have seized pirated items to the tune of over 10 billion naira; remove from markets and shops.
“So in terms of enforcement and prosecution, things have really, dramatically changed over the last six and half years and the creative industry should be well aware of that”.
Ezekude also said that the commission’s strategies in eradicating piracy remained the same. He said that the commission would introduce new legislations to strengthen the fight against piracy in the country. “The draft copyright bill is undergoing fine-tuning at the office of the Attorney General. We are hoping that with the new bill becoming a law, it will help to make the copyright industry more vibrant and encourage more creativity and it will address the issue of piracy on the internet. So these are the sort of things we are hoping to achieve in the next years so that the industry will become a more vibrant industry and contribute more to the economy and the GDP of the country”.
Describing pirates as economic saboteurs, Nkwocha said: “Section 38 sub-section 5 of the Nigeria Copyright Law gave copyright inspectors all the rights and powers contained in the Police Act or any other enactments in Nigeria to investigate and prosecute any copyright infringements in the country.”
In conclusion, he declared that within the period, over 50 convictions have been enforced, while about 173 cases, including that of the Alaba King of Pirates, are in various competent courts, as a result of its determination to chase piracy out of the country.