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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Nigeria Copyright Commission has impounded infringing materials worth 10million in Lagos.


Dr John Asein, the Director General of the commission disclosed during a press briefing, held in NCC, Lagos office, on Wednesday.

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Asein ably represented by Bar. Mathew Ojo, Director, Lagos office, said that the commission had arrested three suspected book pirates engaging in illicit printing of school books and also impounded infringing materials worth 10million in Lagos.

Asein said that the anti piracy raid was carried out in ikate and surulere area of Lagos state.

He mentioned some of the infringement materials seized as; 10,000 copies of printed materials at different stages of production, estimated at over 10million.

Others are; printing plates, book covers, inner texts beloging to different authors and publishers.

The Director General mentioned names of the suspected pirates as; Miss Elizabeth Alomilewe, Mr Angus Umeh and Mr Nchekwune Obi.

He added that the suspected pirates have been arrested and would face the law for proper prosecution.

He said that the illicit act contravened the provisions of the copyright act.

Asein also mentioned some of the titles of books found in the custody of the suspected pirates which include; Nigerian Primary English Workbook 6, Fourth edition and new method mathematics for primary schools.

Others include: Progressive mathematics for upper primary schools, the lion and the jewel by Wole Soyinka, invisible man by Ralph Ellison, let me die alone by John Kolisa-Kargbo to mention but few.

Asein cautioned operators in the printing industry to stay away from piracy, adding that the commission would step up its vigilance and routine inspection of printing facilities to check their criminal activities.

The director general drew the attention of printers to their obligation under the Copyright Act to keep registers of works and ensure due diligence in the clearance of rights.

He said that the Commission was working on a new regulatory framework for book printers, and booksellers to ensure that they operate within the bounds of the law.

Asein reassured authors and publishers that the commission remained committed to providing safe corridors for their businesses and investment in the creative sector.

He said that the commission would do everything to check the inflow of pirates materials into the book market.

He further stressed that the commission would not relent in its national antipiracy campaign to disrupt criminal activities in the book chain.

One of the affected publishers, Mr Titus Omoboriowo, the publisher of progressive sunrise and progressive mathematics appreciated the commission for discharging their duties effectively and diligently by fighting against piracy in the society.