Copyright Commission arrests 17 suspected pirates, seizes N140m pirated materials

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Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), says it arrested 17 suspected pirates and seized infringed materials worth N140 million in Lagos State between January and August.

Materials seized included authored books, compact disc digital video (CD), and audio CDs.

Mr Mathew Ojo, NCC’s Lagos Office Director, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that the arrests and seizures were made at Ikota, Yaba, Ikeja, Oshodi and Iyana-Ipaja, among other areas.

He said that suspects had been charged to court and would be punished if found guilty, while the confiscated materials would be destroyed.

“This year, commission has arrested 17 suspected pirates and also seized infringed materials worth of N140million between January and August.

“This was done by NCC operations team with support Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Customs Service.

“We appreciate efforts of the agencies in ensuring smooth operations and kudos to the commission’s operations team as well.

“We hope to keep the good collaborative spirit alive and also strengthen the working relationship,’’ he said.

Ojo said there was no hiding place for pirates and urged those engaged in the practice to desist the illicit act and allow publishers of works to enjoy the fruits of their hard labour.

“It is a criminal offence to infringe on another person’s intellectual property. Those found wanting should be ready to face the music,’’ Ojo said.

He added that the NCC would continue to raid premises where copyright infringements were being carried out.