Nigeria Copyright Commission restates commitment to stamp out piracy

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DG of Nigeria Copyright Commission John Asein

The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), says it is committed to stamping out piracy and stealing of intellectual properties in the country.

The Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Vincent Oyefeso, stated this during the 30th anniversary of the establishment of NCC in Ilorin, Kwara state.

Oyesfeso declared that NCC had zero tolerance for piracy; saying that was the reason the commission decided to fight the scourge to finish.

According to him, piracy not only destroys the owner of the artistic and intellectual property, but also kill the economy of the country.

“NCC is not just a compliance agency, it has the power to arrest and prosecute anybody caught pirating other people’s intellectual properties,” Oyefeso said.

Oyesfeso said that NCC was established on August 18, 1989 via Copyright Act 28, LFN 2004

He added that copyright owners could institute civil suit against copyright offenders, apart from the criminal suit the commission normally institute against such offenders.

NCC Coordinator in Kwara, Mrs Justina Akinwumi, said the anniversary was to celebrate creativity.

“We are here to champion the cause of economic diversification in Nigeria through creativity.

“The commission operates through surveillances, inspections, raids, investigations and diligent prosecution of suspected copyright offenders,”she said.

According to Akinwumi, NCC has achieved a lot over the years, adding that the management of the commission, led by the Director-General, Mr John Asein has vowed to consolidate on previous achievements and rebrand for better performance.

Peace PIAK