In a bid to fight piracy, counterfeiting, enhance regulation, enforcement and awareness creation in Nigeria, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their partnership.
The partnership is significant to help fight anti-piracy and counterfeiting in Nigeria as well as joint sensitization exercises across the country.
The Director-General of NCC, John Asein reportedly said that the Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI) would be offering training to the staff of NFVCB and stakeholders in the film industry, while the NCC staff would also acquaint themselves with the work of NFVCB.
“We are both government agencies with a common goal to better the lot of stakeholders, particularly investors in the creative industry. While respecting our separate institutional mandates, we must work together for the love of the country and the good people of Nigeria. NCC will do everything to help NFVCB to succeed and I believe that NFVCB will also do the same for NCC. That is the unwritten rule that we should work by” John Asein reportedly said.
John Asein further said that “our synergy in checking piracy can only bring about a win-win situation in the film sector as legislative provisions are empowering the NCC to prescribe anti-piracy devices such as the hologram, making it an offense for anyone to counterfeit or be in unlawful custody of the hologram. The NCC will, therefore, deploy its statutory powers to ensure that government efforts in securing the integrity and viability of the creative industry are not thwarted by any unscrupulous elements”.
In reaction, the Executive Director of NFVCB, Adedayo Thomas pledged his commitment to improved collaboration with NCC.
Adedayo noted that NFVCB Board would soon be implementing the new film policy which would, amongst other things, require film producers to belong to relevant professional bodies as part of the requirements for censorship.
A four-man committee was set up from the two agencies with the mandate of identifying key areas to strengthen collaboration and draw up modalities for implementation.