Copyright Commission Seizes ₦7.9b Pirated Works in 4 Years

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Wednesday said that it seized pirated works worth ₦7.9 billion in the last four years across the country.

Afam Ezekude, the Director-General of the commission disclosed this at the opening of a copyright workshop on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights.

Mr. Ezekude ‎said that the seizures were nationwide and where piracy activities were more prevalent.

“The commission in the last four years has made a seizures of pirated works valued at ₦7.9 billion across the country. In the last four years, the commission has carried out 210 strategic anti piracy operations in endemic locations across the country. The anti-piracy operations led to the arrest of 459 suspected pirates and seizures of over seven million quantities of pirated copyright materials,” Mr. Ezekude said.

He added that some of the seized pirated works were CDs, VCDs, DVDs, literary and inspirational books, the Holy Bible and dictionaries.

He said that the Commission also secured an unprecedented 53 convictions against copyright pirates at the Federal High Courts ‎jurisdiction across the country.