NCC nabs 371 sus­pected book pi­rates

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world in cel­e­brat­ing the World book and copy­right day yes­ter­day, the Nige­rian Copy­right Com­mis­sion (NCC) said that it has ar­rested 371 sus­pected pi­rates.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NCC Bar­ris­ter Afam Ezekude said this in Abuja while speak­ing at an event to com­mem­o­rate the world book day. The UNESCO’s gen­eral con­fer­ence chose April 23 ev­ery year to pay trib­ute to books, the au­thors who wrote them and the copy­right laws that pro­tect them.

Ezekude who was rep­re­sented by Mr. Ja­cob Fagbemi, le­gal ad­viser of the com­mis­sion said this year’s cel­e­bra­tion was par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant for Nigeria as UNESCO has des­ig­nated Port Har­court, the Cap­i­tal City of Rivers state as the Book Cap­i­tal of the world for the year 2014.

He said in the last three years, the NCC had stepped up the tempo of its anti-piracy op­er­a­tions in which the com­mis­sion has con­fis­cated a to­tal of 5.8 mil­lion as­sorted pi­rated copy­right works with a street value worth over N7 bil­lion.

He said the com­mis­sion also se­cured the seizure of 18 con­tain­ers of pi­rated copy­right works at var­i­ous ports, most of which con­tained books of both lo­cal and for­eign pub­lish­ers.

PHOTO GOVT HOUSE

Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola of La­gos (fifth left), in­spect­ing the Odo Iyalaaro Waste­water Treat­ment Project in La­gos on Tues­day.

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