Copyright Commission Impounds N185 Thousand Pirated works, Arrests 5 Suspects

09 December 2014

An estimated one hundred and eighty-five thousand Naira worth of suspected pirated literary works have been impounded and five suspects arrested by operatives of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) during three separate enforcement operations carried out on some schools, bookshops and other locations within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on October 31 and November 25, 2014.

According to a report released by the Director, Enforcement Department of NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu, upon receiving complaints from Copyright owners, Copyright inspectors backed up by Police officers on November 25, 2014, carried out unscheduled inspection exercises in some secondary schools and bookshops within Kubwa and Dutse areas of the FCT.
He informed that One Hundred and Ninety-Four (194) copies of literary works titled "The Survival of an African Orphan" and "The Pen and the People" were confiscated during the operations while two persons were arrested. The estimated market value of the books was put at N150, 000.

On the same day, according to Mr. Amodu, NCC operatives took over two suspected pirates earlier arrested by officers of the Kuje Police Division, who were involved in unauthorized commercial reproduction and distribution of literary works titled "The Survival of the African Child" and "The Pen and the People". Nine copies of the books estimated at Five thousand Naira were recovered.

The report also stated that on October 31, 2014, Copyright inspectors accompanied by Police officers carried out anti-piracy operation in Life Gate Academy, a school located along Okonjo Iweala Way, Utako in the FCT. Thirty-five(35) suspected pirated copies of the literary works, 20 of "The survival of the African Orphan" and "15 of "The Pen and the People" estimated at Thirty thousand Naira (N30, 000) were recovered from the school while the Head of Administration of the school arrested.

He stressed that the Commission remained committed to the realisation of its mandate, especially in carrying out proactive enforcement operations across the country.

Ijeoma Egbunike
For: Director-General

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