By: Kate Obi/Kaduna
Pirated materials confiscated in the past four and half years across the nineteen Northern States of Nigeria worth about one-point-four billion naira have been publicly burnt at Afaka near Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State North-West, Nigeria by the Nigerian Copy Right Commission.
The Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Afam Ezekude who was in Kaduna for the burning of the goods disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
Mr. Ezekude said the Commission also carried out over two-hundred and ten anti-piracy raid, arrested four-hundred-and-fifty-nine suspected pirates, prosecuted and convicted fifty-three copy right pirates for the offence of piracy across the Country.
According to him, this resulted in maximum punishment of imprisonment without the option of fine while over one-hundred-and-seventy-five cases are pending at various division of the Federal High Court.
The Director-General emphasized that the Commission also seized and removed seven-million-five-hundred-and-eighty-nine-thousand, nine-hundred-and-forty-nine units of pirated copy right materials with estimated monetary value of seven-million, nine-hundred-and-thirty-five-thousand-six-hundred naira.
Mr. Ezekude stressed that the Commission’s intention is to make it clear to those involved in piracy that it is no longer profitable venture as usually.
The Director-General pointed out that the Commission would strive to build a copy right system that keeps pace with global trends of harnessing the best of knowledge based products in delivering national development in line with the changing pace of information and communication technology of the twenty-first Century.
He promised to evolve more innovative strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the copy right and also try to reform the framework of the copy right protection which was initiated in 2012.
This, he said, include the review of Copy Right Act to facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with its Internationals copyright treaty obligations and also reflect emerging affects creative contents.
Mr. Ezekude expressed his commitment to see that the first draft of the new law would be ready for public comments very soon.