Copyright Commission Impounds Suspected Pirated Books

Operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), recently impounded an estimated one million (N1,000,000.00) worth of suspected literary works during an anti-piracy raid carried out in Ajegunle Area, Lagos State. Following an earlier surveillance, Officers led by Assistant Director, Mr. Matthew Dada Ojo, NCC, Lagos Office, backed by a contingent of armed Policemen carried out the enforcement operation on August 10, 2016.

Director, Enforcement Department, Mr. Agustine Amodu who stated this in a report gave the names of the two suspected pirates arrested as Ezemenyiba Clement and Ani Fedelis. He further disclosed that one thousand copies of suspected pirated literary works belonging to right owners were confiscated. The Director explained that further investigation into the matter is on-going and that the suspected pirates will soon be charged to court.

He reassured stakeholders that the Commission will continue in its drive of protecting genuine creators and ensure that they reap the fruit of their labour.

Anti-piracy Operation in Ogun State
Similarly, the NCC confiscated suspected pirated books estimated at Four Hundred and Fifty thousand naira (N450, 000) during an anti-piracy operation at Sapon Market Area of Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Enforcement raid, which was preceded by an earlier surveillance conducted by stakeholders in the Publishing Industry, was executed on June 15, 2016.

The operation was led by the Zonal Manager, NCC, Ibadan Office, Mrs. Bisi Ogundiran, a joint team of Copyright Inspectors, Officers of the Ogun State Police Command, representatives of Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and some publishing outfits.

Director, Enforcement Department, Mr. Amodu who disclosed this in a report in Abuja stated that eight hundred and seventy (870) copies of suspected pirated books belonging to different right owners were impounded during the anti-piracy operation.

Enforcement Raid in Ilorin
In the same development, the Commission November year confiscated pirated books worth One million twenty eight thousand nine hundred and sixty Naira (1,028,960) concealed in a warehouse during an anti-piracy operation in Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to the head of Ilorin Liaison Office, Mrs. J.O. Akinwunmi, most of the seized books belong to Learn Africa Plc. She said the seizure was facilitated by the discovery of a warehouse belonging to Sunday Sunday Bookshop located at No.5 Emir Road in Ilorin South Local Government.