Copyright Commission Seizes Three Containers of Pirated Goods Worth N275M

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission’s (NCC) recently announced the seizure of three containers of pirated goods worth N275,000,000 in Lagos.

According to the NCC, the seized containers are as follows:

  • 20 ft Container No. TRLU 9360256, carrying CDs and DVDs of various Nigerian and foreign musical and film works. Seized at Five Star Logistics Terminal of Tin Can Island Port.
  • 20 ft Container No. Ponu 0972142 stacked with Bibles seized at the TICT Terminal in Tin Can Island Port.
  • 20 ft Container No. MRSU 0099184 carrying books of different titles and authors seized at the AP Moller Terminal at Apapa Port.

The Director-General of the NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude, stated the containers were seized by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with Officers of the Commission in Lagos on January, 19 2017.

Mr. Ezekude, while taking delivery of the seized containers, noted that collaboration between the two agencies have over the years led to the seizure of a total of 25 containers of pirated copyright works.

The NCC has also drawn attention to the fact that it has carried out a total of 289 anti-piracy operations across the country and seized over 8 million assorted pirated copyright products with a market value of about N8.3 billion. In addition, the DG stated that the Commission within the period filed several criminal charges against copyright offenders in different Federal High Courts across the country and secured a total of 55 convictions against copyright offenders.

The DG urged copyright owners and other stakeholders to deepen their collaboration with the NCC in the areas of intelligence gathering, investigation, and prosecution of copyright offenders to ensure that all creators and genuine investors earn substantial income from their creativity and investment. He reiterated that the Commission is determined to sustain the fight against piracy and enjoined all pirates to desist from importing pirated works or face the wrath of the law.

About Ufuoma Akpotaire 106 Articles
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

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