Copyright Commission begins staff anti-piracy surveillance

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DG of Nigeria Copyright Commission John Asein

Nigeria’s Copyright Commission (NCC), has initiated a new programme tagged, Staff Neighbourhood Anti-piracy Surveillance (SNAPS), a strategy that seeks to ensure all staff of the agency participate actively in anti-piracy awareness.

The Director General of the Commission, Mr John Asein explained that the initiative was part of efforts to actualise the Commission’s statutory mandates.

He tasked all staff members to be on the watch out for activities of pirates and endeavour to educate people about copyright in their neighbourhoods.

Asein stated that intelligence gathered during SNAPS on the activities of pirates should be channeled to Heads of Departments and the Director of Enforcement to his office for prompt actions.

Public Private Collaboration
According to the DG, the Commission would soon introduce a surveillance initiative for stakeholders as a proactive public private sector collaboration for effective copyright promotion, protection and enforcement strategy.

The stakeholders SNAPS would enable the Commission to engage and empower copyright stakeholders as the eyes and development partners of NCC in the creative industries.
He said that the initiative would assist in building critical synergy in the fight against piracy while boosting public enlightenment on copyright issues nationwide.