AS part of its efforts to curtail the proliferation of prated works in Lagos State, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) carried out an anti-piracy sensitisation campaign in different areas of the state on Friday, 19 March, 2021.
Director, NCC Lagos Office, Mr. Mathew Ojo led the team of NCC operatives in the company of newsmen on the campaign covering areas including: Iyana-ipaja, Oshodi, Ojo, Iyana-Iba, and Mushin metropolis the state.
The Director, stated that the anti-piracy exercise was aimed at enlightening the public on the ills of piracy while also checking the hot spots of vending of pirated works within the city.
According to him, “the Commission earlier carried out several sensitisation programmes to enlighten the sellers of copyright works not to patronise pirated works but buy the original works.”
“Very soon, the Commission will carry out anti-piracy raids across Lagos and any vendor found wanting will be arrested and the pirated works will be seized while the culprit will serve as a scapegoat to others,” he said.
Mr. Ojo stressed that the anti-piracy sensitisation campaigns were also meant to warn sellers of Compact Disc (CDs), Video CDs and other copyright works to stay away from selling pirated items.
He assured authors of works that the Commission remained committed to ensuring that they would enjoy the dividends of their hard labour. “The commission is gallant, ready and on top of its game to sanitise the industry of pirated works” he added.