NCC seizes N7.9bn pi­rated works in 4 years

Daily Trust - - CRIME -

The Nige­rian Copy­right Com­mis­sion (NCC) on Wed­nes­day said that it seized pi­rated works worth N7.9 bil­lion in the last four years across the coun­try.

Mr Afam Ezekude, the Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of the com­mis­sion dis­closed this at the open­ing of a copy­right work­shop on Col­lec­tive Man­age­ment of Copy­right and Re­lated Rights.

Ezekude said that the seizures were na­tion­wide and where piracy ac­tiv­i­ties were more preva­lent.

“The com­mis­sion in the last four years has made a seizures of pi­rated works val­ued at N7.9 bil­lion across the coun­try.

“In the last four years, the com­mis­sion has car­ried out 210 strate­gic anti-piracy oper­a­tions in en­demic lo­ca­tions across the coun­try.

“The anti-piracy oper­a­tions led to the ar­rest of 459 sus­pected pi­rates and seizures of over seven mil­lion quan­ti­ties of pi­rated copy­right ma­te­ri­als,’’ Ezekude said.

He said that some of the seized pi­rated works were CDs, VCDs, DVDs, literary and in­spi­ra­tional books, the Holy Bi­ble and dic­tionar­ies.

The di­rec­tor-gen­eral said that within the first and sec­ond quar­ters of the ýyear, the com­mis­sion ar­rested 16 sus­pected pi­rates dur­ing anti-piracy raids across the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the com­mis­sion con­fis­cated three ship­ping con­tain­ers of pi­rated books, CDs, VCDs and DVDs at Apapa Wharf, La­gos in the sec­ond quar­ter of the year.

He said that the com­mis­sion also se­cured an un­prece­dented 53 con­vic­tions against copy­right pi­rates at the Fed­eral High Courts ýjuris­dic­tion across the coun­try.

Ezekude said that the ar­rest of the pi­rated works was achieved in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice, the Nige­ria Po­lice and other rel­e­vance stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral said that the com­mis­sion would re­main res­o­lute in its drive for en­hanced copy­right pro­tec­tion, aware­ness gen­er­a­tion and zero tol­er­ance for piracy of cre­ative works.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the pur­pose of the work­shop was to strengthen the ca­pac­ity of col­lec­tive man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions. (NAN)

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