Nigeria News | Copyright Commission Invites Author, Ozikpu, over Petition on alleged Copyright Infringement

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Following the petition filed by Rockson Igelige dated February 9, 2020, and addressed to the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, accusing Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd, Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd and Universal Basic Education Commission, of publishing and reprinting Elias Ozikpu literary work, “Heroes of the Night” since 2012 and distributing same to schools throughout Nigeria without the prior knowledge and consent of his client.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has invited an activist and author, Elias Ozikpu, for a meeting with the investigation team.

The author, through his lawyer, asked the commission to invoke its investigative and prosecutorial powers under the Nigerian Copyright Act to protect his copyright and ensure violators are duly sanctioned.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has now reacted to the petition, inviting Ozikpu to formally present his case at its headquarters.

NCC’s letter to Ozikpu obtained reportedly said that “I am directed to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated February 9, 2020 and to inform you that investigation has commenced.

“In this connection, you are therefore invited for a meeting with the investigation team.”

The case is ongoing.

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