NCC confiscates 3,377 copies of pirated materials

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated 3,377 copies of pirated materials following a raid in Somolu area of Lagos.

NCC Director-General, Dr. John Asien, disclosed this at a briefing in Lagos.

The DG told newsmen that on May 11, the commission arrested one Richard Albright-Nwachuckwu, for illegal reproduction of various school books belonging to Learn Africa, in contravention of the Copyright Act, 2022, reports The Nation.

Acting on a tip off, according to Asien, who was represented by Director, Lagos Office, Mathew Ojo, the officers, in company of men of the Nigeria Police, arrested the suspect in Somolu, while the works were being collated.

The following pirated works: New Concept Mathematics, 1,015 copies; New Concept English, JSS3, 1,577 copies and New Concept English, JSS1, 785 copies, making it 3,377 copies of pirated materials all together.

He would be charged to court under the new penal provisions of the Copyright Act which now has stiffer penalties for criminal copyright infractions.

Asien said: “The suspect, who claims to have come in from Abuja to reproduce books in Lagos, was in the custody of the commission and would be charged to court soonest. Preliminary findings show that the offence was committed with the participation of other persons yet to be ascertained. Investigation is therefore ongoing to fish out other parties to the alleged offence.”

He added that as provided for in the new Act, the commission would make appropriate regulations on printing, warehousing, distribution and sale of copyright works, especially books; while calling on right owners and the public to report any suspected activities in their neighbourhoods to NCC office close to them.

“As we approach the book season, the commission hereby cautions publishers, printers, booksellers and all persons assisting them in the value chain to exercise restraint and ensure due diligence before engaging in the reproduction, collation, distribution and sale of copyright works in order not to run afoul of the provisions of the Act.”

Publishing Director, Learn Africa Plc., Gbola Aiyedun, commended the commission for a well-done job. He said that the commission has taken the right order to fight piracy activities in the society.

“This is really commendable and the publishers association is ready to cooperate with the commission to ensure a seamless exercise in tackling piracy surge in the society,” he said.




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