In a bid to strengthen and boost copyright regulation and anti-piracy in Nigeria, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has partnered with Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) to reintroduce the hologram scheme as anti-piracy interventions in selected copyright industries.
The Director-General of NCC, John O. Asein disclosed this in Abuja while receiving a delegation of Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) and Arewa Film Makers Association of Nigeria (AFMAN) led by MOPPAN National President, Dr. Ahmad M. Safari.
The NCC boss reportedly said that the commission would also collaborate with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the reintroduction of the hologram stamps is achieved to strengthen the commission’s renewed enforcement drive by aiding the identification of genuine copyright works.
The Director-General also expressed concerns about the proliferation of dubbing and voice-over of foreign movies which he said constituted copyright infringement under Nigerian copyright law and warned perpetrators to desist from such illegal acts.
“We must take the necessary steps to check the infringing voice-over of local and foreign movies. We may have to combine our powers over piracy with the powers of the NVFCB over uncensored movies, first to enlighten the public and eventually clean up the streets of such criminality across the country,” John O. Asein reportedly said.
The Director-General urged stakeholders to support NCC’s regulatory and enforcement initiatives, stressing that despite the challenges of inadequate operational facilities, the Commission remained committed to discharging its statutory mandates.
The Director-General also disclosed that the Commission has introduced major policy initiatives to respond to the peculiar needs in the copyright industry, such as border and international ports policing, the Online Enforcement Unit, the regulation of duplicators, as well as intensified raids of piracy hotspots across the country.
The National President of MOPPAN, Dr. Safari identified the main challenges undermining the growth of the movie industry as piracy; illegal voice-over on foreign movies in the Hausa language; unauthorized content upload on social media platforms; and lack of model contractual agreements in the film industry.
While appreciating the efforts of the Commission at repositioning the creative industry, Dr. Safari urged the NCC to sustain its partnership with stakeholders across all the sectors of the copyright industry.