Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated suspected pirated books estimated at Four Hundred and Fifty thousand naira (N450, 000) during an anti-piracy operation at Sapon Market Area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.The Enforcement raid, which was preceded by an earlier surveillance conducted by stakeholders in the Publishing Industry, was executed on June 15, 2016.
The operation was led by the Zonal Manager, NCC, Ibadan Office, Mrs. Bisi Ogundiran, a joint team of Copyright Inspectors, Officers of the Ogun State Police Command, representatives of Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and some publishing outfits.
Director, Enforcement Department, Mr. Agustine Amodu who disclosed this in a report in Abuja stated that the three bookshops raided; Olaolu, Modupeola and Aanu respectively had their suspected owners arrested.
He further disclosed that eight hundred and seventy (870) copies of suspected pirated books belonging to different right owners were impounded during the anti-piracy operation.
The Director explained that further investigation into the matter is on-going and that suspects will soon be charged to court.
He urged the general public to support the efforts of the Commission by patronizing only original copies of published books and also report suspected pirates to the Commission.