Copyright Commission Impounds N1 Million Pirated works, Arrests 2 Suspects

20 June 2014

An estimated one milliobooksn Naira (N1 million) worth of suspected pirated literary works has been impounded and two suspects arrested by operatives of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) during an enforcement raid on piracy havens along Ojuelegba road, Lagos.

The antipiracy operation against suspected pirates of copyright protected books was executed by a joint team of copyright inspectors led by Joseph Ojika of the NCC Lagos office, and armed policemen on May 23, 2014.

Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu, who disclosed this in a recent report at the NCC Headquarters, stated that during the enforcement action, Eight Hundred and Eighty one (881) copies of suspected pirated books of various titles written by different famous authors like Chinua Achebe, Robert Thornton, Chukwuemeka Ike, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie were confiscated. According to him, two suspects, Chikezie Ohaejesi and Mary Ochoga were arrested during the book raid in Lagos.

He identified the titles of some of the seized books as “Emdex (2012/2013 Edition); “Organic Chemistry by Robert Thornton et al”; The Potter’s Wheel by Chukwuemeka Ike”; Advanced Level Physics by Nelson and Parker”; “Half of a yellow sun” by Chimamanda Adichie”.

Others are “The accidental Public Servant by Nasir Ahmad Ei-rufai”; Awo unfinished greatness by Olufemi Ogunsanwo; Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe”; There was a country by Chinua Achebe” and Breaking the Jewish code by Perry Stone.

Mr. Amodu expressed concern that the illegal exploitation of copyright works was undermining the socio-economic interests of copyright owners while also affecting the growth and development of the creative industries and the national economy.

He stressed that the Commission remained committed to the realisation of its mandate, especially in carrying out proactive enforcement operations across the country.The Director of Enforcement recalled that the Commission under the present Director-General has secured about 50 convictions of pirates in the copyright cases it has so far prosecuted and therefore reassured all genuine stakeholders that the nefarious activities of pirates would continue to be crippled by the Commission’s proactive enforcement interventions.

Ijeoma Egbunike
For: Director-General

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