August 7, 2016 — Operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, have arrested 10 persons alleged to be involved in copyright infringement activities. The NCC has also confiscated several pirated works. While seven of the suspects were arrested for illegally downloading copyrighted works, three others were arrested for their involvement in the sale of pirated books.
The NCC confiscated the works from several bookshops including Awero Bookshop (Nig.) Enterprises, More Blessing Books and Stationery Stores, Omotayo Bookshop and Stationeries Supply and Idera Oluwa Bookshops.
Speaking about the arrests and seizure, NCC Zonal Manager, Mrs. Bisi Ogundiran, stated that the NCC had previously visited the bookshops to sensitize them on the implication of exploiting people of their intellectual or creative properties. She further stated that the suspects had benefited illegally from the creative works of others, which were protected by law.
“They reproduce other people’s creative work and sell at cheap prices, depriving the owners of the benefit from their creativity. This heinous act has led to the extinction of some artiste’s in Nigeria. If California in America could generate huge revenue from the film industry, imagine what the nation would have generated without piracy,” she said.
According to her, it is the goal that the arrest and seizure serve as a deterrent to others. She warned Nigerians to be wary of goods they purchase, called for everyone to join the NCC in it’s effort to stamp out piracy, which has become a menace to the economy. She also called on the creators of works to ensure that their work are protected through intellectual property laws.
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