THE Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria ( MOPPAN) has cautioned on the danger of proliferation of associations in the film industry.
Chairman of MOPPAN, Kaduna State Chapter, Hon. Jibrin Goma stated this during an inter-agency meeting of the MOPPAN Chapter Executives with representatives of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and NCC held at the Commission’s Kaduna Office on 24th October 2022.
The State MOPPAN Chairman indicated that MOPPAN members were considering joining the Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), the only Collective Management Organisation (CMO) approved by Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) for cinematograph films, to ensure economic returns on their intellectual creations.
Responding, Assistant Director, NCC Kaduna Office, Mrs. Rukayyat Yeldu Muhammad stressed the need for MOPPAN members to register their works upon creation to minimise incidences of piracy. She urged them to comply with the Commission’s directives towards seamless enforcement and anti-piracy operations in the State.
The NFVCB National Liaison Officer, North West Zone, Mrs, Julia Mbona, in her remarks, stressed the need for the Commission’s presence at the Board’s forthcoming engagement with stakeholders to streamline operations in the film industry.
Other representatives of NFVCB at the meeting were the Head, Kaduna State Centre, Mrs Blessing Akash and the PRO, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, while other MOPPAN Kaduna State Executives in attendance were the Secretary, Mr. Dikko Yakubu and the PRO, Mr. Dan Miliki.
The NCC Officers also in attendance were the Assistant Chief Copyright Officer, Mr. Alfa Mohammed and Principal Copyright Officer, Mrs Grace Saidu