Booksellers Partner NCC Against Book Piracy

21 February 2014

Member of the bookseller Association, Ajegunle branch, Lagos State have disclosed readiness to partner with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in the fight against book piracy and other issues affecting distribution and protection of creativity.

The group also agreed to collaborate with the Commission to initiate a proper Task Force Unit to handle all issues of book piracy within the Ajegunle area of Lagos State.

The former Chairman, ajegunle Booksellers, Task Force Mr Uche Asiemeonum who stated this during a meeting held at the NCC Lagos Office with officials of the Commission, commended the Commission’s effort in the fight against piracy and assured that the Association will henceforth work with the Commission.

He urged the Commission to address the issue of books going ‘out of stock’ during sales season, a problem, booksellers often encounter with Publishers.

Speaking at the meeting, Director and Zonal Manager, Lagos Office, Barr.Chris Nkwocha urged all Booksellers in Ajegunle to join forces with the Commission to achieve greater result in carrying out its mandate.

He urged them to borrow a leaf from the Alaba International Market Electronic Sellers Task Force whose collaboration with the Commission has been helpful and effective in combating Piracy in the market.

Recounting some of the Commission’s initiatives, Mr Nkwocha highlighted the Copyright Conversion Program which encourages Copyright infringers to abandon their old ways and operate their business within the provisions of the Copyright Law.

He also informed that the Commission plans to appoint Stakeholders as Copyright Marshals to help the Commission and the police before, during and after Enforcement activities and carry out other appointment duties.

The Deputy Director, Enforcement, Barr.M.D.A. Ojo who had earlier welcomed the Booksellers to the meeting urged them to support the efforts of the Commission and also proffer solutions to problems affecting the economic status of stakeholders in the copyright industry.

Other representatives of the Ajegunle Booksellers Association at the meeting include Mr.Eruba Raphael Odera; Mr. Don Mekus Emeka; Mr Uche Amagba; Mr.Peter Umeh and Mr.Uche Ojimaka.Miss Joan Rosanwo of NCC Lagos office was also at the meeting.

Mary A.Aliyu




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