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Magistrate adjourns piracy case for continuation of defence


ENUGU – A case of piracy involving one Augustine Amaechi and the Nigeria Copyright Commission was on Thursday adjourned for continuation of defence by the Federal High Court in Enugu.

The accused is facing a two-count charge of unauthorised exhibition of foreign and local DVD and being in possession of such quantity without the consent of their owners.

The counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Paul Anagonye, said his client saw pirated copies of the DVD plates worth more than N2 million in the accused person’s shop.

Anagonye said his client had earlier warned the accused to stop selling pirated copies and he ignored the warning before his client got him arrested.

Anagonye also said that the accused supplied some pirated copies of the item to the rural areas.

He said the accused was shown the list of the items ceased from his shop from the statement he made at the NCC but he denied the ownership of the statement and accepted the signature.

He tendered the original copy of the statement before the court as an exhibit.

The judge read out the names of the accused person’s father, mother, brothers and sisters and asked how come the prosecutors knew the names if he did not give them the information.

The defence lawyer, Mr Emmanuel Nebo, said his client had registered with the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board before he started the business.

Nebo said the commission was not even in a position to tell the court which one was pirated copies or not because they were not artistes.

Justice Dorathy Agishi adjourned the case to May 27 for continuation of defence. (NAN)

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