Nigerian Copyright Commission Impounds N5 Million Pirated Literary Works

24 March 2015

In its relentless bid to rid the country of piracy, an estimated five million (N5million) worth of suspected literary works has been impounded by the Nigerian Copyright Commission(NCC) during an anti-piracy operation at Baale and Ojora  Street, Ajegunle Lagos.

The enforcement raid carried out against suspected pirates of copyright protected literary works was executed by a joint team of copyright inspectors and Lagos State Task Force Operatives led by an Assistant Director of NCC Lagos Office, Mr. Matthew Dada Ojo on 26th October 2015.

The raid which was a follow up of intelligence gathering and surveillance according to Mr. Ojo was successful with the seizure of Ten thousand copies of educational books. No arrest has been made so far.

Titles of major books seized includes Essential Commerce by Tonad Publishers, New School Physics for SSS by Africana Publishers, The Queens Primer Part II by Nelson Books, Practical Premier English for Nigerian Primary Schools by Macmillan, New Further Mathematics Projects BK 3 by Bounty Press, Steps to Quantitative/Verbal Reasoning Pry 6, 3 by Literamed Publishers and other titles all in commercial quantities.

It will be recalled that the Commission have been on a proactive onslaught against pirates and copyright infringing materials through collaborative efforts with various stakeholders in the creative industry.The commission remains committed to the realization of its mandate through strategic enforcement operations to cushion the effect of piracy on intellectual properties and the national economy.

Abutu, Amos Olofu
For: Director General

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