Nigerian Copyright Commission Seizes N1.22bn Pirated Software, Broadcast Gadgets

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated in the first two quarters a total of 1,289,344 units of suspected pirated literary, musical, software and broadcast gadgets valued at N1.22bn belonging to different copyrights holders.

While speaking further the Director-General of the NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude, said the confiscation was carried out after 80 surveillances and 26 antipiracy operations leading to the arrest of 48 suspected pirates from across the country.

He added that three shipping containers stacked with suspected pirated books, CDs, VCDs and DVDs valued at N275m were seized during a joint operation between the Nigerian Customs Service and NCC, earlier in the year. In another development, the commission secured two convictions against film and book pirates at the Federal High Court, Lagos; instituted five fresh cases against copyright infringers in different Federal High Court Jurisdiction across the country; and recorded different levels of progress in the prosecution of suits across the country.

The Director General expressed his continued commitmen to fulfilling’s the mandate of the commission and seeing to the eradication of piracy in Nigeria.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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