By PROVIDENCE OBUH
The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has vowed to bring to book, companies found replicating materials without the consent of the original owner, even as it revealed that 40 cases were prosecuted in two years.
Speaking at a surprise check to optical disc factories in Lagos, Director of Enforcement, NCC Mr. Augustine Amodu lamented that artists, right owners and producers are losing heavily on the issue of piracy, “if you note critically, you will notice that the market situation has dropped because of the issue of piracy.
Amodu maintained that the commission is bent on fighting piracy both from the market, from replicating companies, software and also on literary works. He revealed, “Before the DG came in, there were only two cases prosecuted, but today we have close to 40 cases in less than two years, that is a plus which has never happened in the commission before and this has shown that the commission is working.”
Asked why the surprise check, he said “We are engaging in enforcement action of the NCC on replicating plaque, we want to put the replicating plaque on their toes to know that the copy right commission is still standing that is why we did this surprise check today, those replicating companies engaging in illegal plaque should get ready for us,” he maintained.
Meanwhile, he urged stakeholders and right owners to join force in the combat against piracy, noting that the NCC cannot do the check alone.
Some of the companies visited include Nira Group of Companies Ltd, Chronotech Ltd, Shan audio visual Ltd, among others.