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Metro War Against Piracy: NCC confiscates N1.1bn Goods

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has confiscated pirated goods, valued at N1.1 billion, in the country between 2012 and 2013 says Mr Aderemi Adewusi, the Deputy Director (Public Affairs) of NCC, on Friday.

He said that the seizure was part of the commission’s efforts to curb the rising trend of piracy in Nigeria.

“Youths are the most vulnerable group in buying pirated products; hence the awareness campaign is targeted at the younger generation,’’ he added.

Adewusi stressed that the commission had prosecuted over 40 cases of piracy this year alone, while 109 cases were pending in various courts.

He, however, said that copyright infringement should be seen as a criminal offence and not a civil offence, adding that it should be condemned by all the members of the society.

“We want to see more civil actions taken against pirates by the stakeholders,” he said., adding that the commission would forward an executive bill on proposed sanctions for copyright violators to the National Assembly.

He stressed that the bill, when passed into law, would make provision for stiff penalties for copyright offenders.

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