Last weekend, 10 suspected copyright pirates were arrested by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Bauchi office, in collaboration with armed riot policemen. Over 130 copies of pirated Revised Standard Version (RSV) and Hausa translation of the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible worth an estimated N136,000 were confiscated.
The pirated bibles were found during an anti-piracy operation carried out in Jos, Plateau State resulting in the arrest of 10 suspected.
In a published press release, Vincent Oyefeso, Deputy Director and Public Relations Practitioner at the NCC stated that the raid was carried out by the commission following a complaint lodged by the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN). BSN claimed that its copyright protected titles were being infringed. “Based on intelligence gathered during surveillance activities, the Commission carried out the enforcement action pursuant to its powers under the Nigerian Copyright Act CAP C28 LFN 2004” Oyefeso said.
Speaking further, he condemned the act of infringement and also reminding offenders that if found guilty they will be convicted to various terms of imprisonment or fines or both under sections 20 and 21 of the Nigerian Copyright Act, CAP C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.