The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has said that it would continue to arrest individuals and seal companies that engage in illegal copying of works without copyright permission.
Mr Mathew Ojo, NCC Deputy Director of Enforcement Unit, who disclosed this in Lagos, confirmed the arrest of some suspects and the sealing up of some companies to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Ojo said that the suspects were arrested and the companies sealed up for replicating other peoples’ works with replicating plants without the compliance of the commission regulations.
According to him, regular arrest and sealing off are to sanitise the entertainment industry and also to get rid of companies engaging in illegal duplication of pirated works.
“It is a punishable offence for companies to engage in illegal copying of works without copyright permission,” Ojo said.
He said that the areas visited for inspection included, Agboju, Navy town, Lagos-Island, Ijesha, Surulere and Ojo-Alaba.
He added that the two days inspection was to check the operations and activities of the registered replication plants, whether they are complying with NCC rules and regulations or not.
The director added that the inspection was also to arrest and sealed unregistered companies.