The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has arrested and arraigned seven suspected and notorious pirates in Court.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mr. John Asein disclosed this in Yola during the presentation of a copyright certificate to a prominent stakeholder in Adamawa.
NCC Boss reportedly said that the suspects had allegedly pirated authors and owners of other intellectual works in the country.
Asein reportedly said that the arraignment of the suspects followed intelligence reports on their activities.
“The suspects are not just ordinary people, they are people with huge volumes of piracy works and we have charged them to court. Piracy kills and Nigerians are losing billions of naira yearly to it. There’s the need for Nigerians to change their attitude and begin to distance themselves from pirated works. From records available, a lot of schools across Nigeria patronize pirated books”, Asein reportedly said.
Asein reportedly said that the commission is currently working with some federal enforcement agencies on some suspected and targeted areas in the country adding that
He said the activities of pirates are on the increase, adding that their ungodly activities had seriously affected and crippled many creative and intellectual works in Nigeria.
He noted that many citizens are patronizing pirated materials, either directly or indirectly.
He appealed to Nigerians to always report any suspicious pirate activity to any of the commission’s offices or any security operative.