The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has carried out inspection, monitoring and sensitization of literary and Optical Disc Distribution outlets in Abuja, the Federal capital Territory.
The NCC states that the aim of the exercise was to address cases of Copyright infringement following rising complaints by rights owners. The exercise was also carried out to ensure that original copyright protected works were sold in Abuja.
The Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu, disclosed in a report in Abuja that the exercise was structured splitting two teams of copyright Inspectors. The first team was led by Barrister Ihuma Okwu Moses and focused on outlets in Garki and Gudu Areas of the FCT while the second team, led by Mr. Chukwuemeka Ngene, focused on the Karu area of the FCT, and Nyanya, Jikwoyi, and Mararaba axis of Nasarawa State respectively.
The teams inspected Schools, Markets and Optical discs outlets within their areas of coverage.
“At Garki, team 1 visited two markets and inspected Academy Bookshop, World Chris Bookshop, Bright Mind Bookshop, Kind Link ventures Bookshop, John Bosco Bookshop, Tony Don Bookshop, Chinedu Bookshop, Uncle Rising Bookshop, Mnouka bookshop and Donald Kaga Bookshop,” the NCC reports.
According to the NCC, the team observed substantial quantity of pirated books on display in almost all the Bookshops. The proprietors were sensitized and urged to remove the pirated books from the market and ensure that only original copies of books were found in their shops.
On a visit to Area 1 Shopping Centre, the NCC reports that Optical disc (CDs/DVDs) stocks inspected were found to be pirate0. On citing the copyright inspectors, sellers of the infringing materials took to their heels. The Chairman of the Plaza was cautioned against displaying of pirated products for sale as the act will not be tolerated on the next visit of the Inspectors.
The second team of copyright inspectors visited Noble Heights Academy Karu, Aja International Academy Karu, Cherry Field Academy Jikwoyi, Bookshops and Optical Disc dealers in the affected areas.
The team observed that some of the schools visited claimed to purchase textbooks from Publishers but could not present any receipt of purchase from publishers while other sellers could not prove the sources of literary works, optical discs sold to Pupils, Students and general public.
Some of the proprietors were invited to the commission for further inverstigation while others were cautioned and sensitized on the policies and programmes of the Commission against piracy. The officers urged the stakeholders to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigerian Copyright laws, CAP C28, LFN, 2004.
Some of the operators and members of the public called for the sustenance of the exercise as it will not only enhance the image of the Commission but also remind pirates of the consequences of their actions.
The exercise generated multiple successes as the officers used the opportunity to gather some intelligence, sensitize operators and the general public and also trigger investigation activities on the sources of literary works distributed by affected schools.
Other Staff of the Enforcement Department who participated in the exercise are Pius Ogunmoroti (PCO), Sylvester Aigbomian (PEO II), Juliet Achugbu (CO I), Charles Anyanwu (SEO), Enotse Ene Onazi (PEO II), Kalu Ndukwe and Jacob Adache the Commission’s Cameraman.