Copyright Commission Publishes Report on Anti-Piracy Activities

August 10, 2016 — According to a report released by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), the officers of the Commission between January and March 2016, carried out 22 surveillance and investigation activities, and 13 strategic anti-piracy operations across 12 states in Nigeria.

The NCC also publicly destroyed by burning, 17,266,187 units of various categories of copyright infringing products estimated at N2.4 billion.

Speaking about the NCC activities during the first quarter of the years, the Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Afam Ezekude, stated that the impounded items represent income that would have been diverted from legitimate rights owners and taxable income and revenue that would have been lost to the Federal Government.

The DG explained that within the month of January, three anti-piracy operations were carried out, resulting in the seizures of 29,445 suspected infringing items valued at N3,120,300 and the arrest of three suspected pirates in Kwara and Oyo states.

In February, officers of the Commission carried out an operation in Adamawa State, arrested six suspected pirates with 221 suspected copyright works estimated at N1,000,000.

According to him, within the month of March, nine anti-piracy operations were carried out, resulting in the arrest of 26 suspects and seizures of 18,541 suspected  pirated works valued at N34,900,000 in Twelve States including Enugu, Edo, Alaba-Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Kaduna and Abia States.

At the end of first quarter, 35 suspected pirates were arrested and 48,207 units of suspected pirated literary, musical, software and broadcast gadgets estimated at N39,020,300 were confiscated by Officers of the NCC.

Source: Nigerian Copyright Commission

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com