NCC seizes pirated law books, others in Abuja – The Sun Nigeria

Since Godwin TsaAbuja

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has seized pirated law books and several other popular literary works as part of its new anti-piracy campaign.

Some of the alleged pirated books seized included Criminal Law in Nigeria by Okonkwo and Naish; Nigerian tort law by Kodilinye and Aluko; The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka and Introduction to the Nigerian Legal System (2nd Edition) by John O. Asein.

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Other titles confiscated were Nigerian Contract Law by Itse Sagay; The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi; Mallam Ilia’s Passport by Cyprian Ekwensi; and several other textbooks.

NCC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John Asein, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said the Commission would step up its enforcement activities, while supporting education of printers and booksellers on the evils of piracy.

He said: “We have made a firm resolve that law enforcement will be the top priority of our response programs.

“We spent a lot last year enlightening booksellers and making them aware of the evils of piracy.

“However, it seems that they are not repenting.

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“That is why we will also not relax our anti-piracy campaign to send a strong message that it will no longer be business as usual in the accounting value chain.”

While condemning the illicit trade of copyright piracy in all aspects of the creative industry, Dr. Asein said; “Piracy is cancerous and we must eradicate it before it destroys the education system in Nigeria.

“It is a serious fault which impoverishes authors, paralyzes the profession of publisher and destroys the foundations of knowledge.”

He expressed concern that the activities of pirates are discouraging authors who would otherwise have produced quality books and contributed significantly to the country’s GDP.

The general manager, who pledged the Commission’s commitment to assist authors and publishers, instructed all booksellers in Wuse Market and other markets in Abuja to stock and sell only original texts or exit the business , because those who would compromise the copyright system would fully abide by the law.

He added that the Commission would continue to work with market authorities across Nigeria “to ensure that their markets do not become outlets for pirates and other wrongdoers in the copyright ecosystem.”

Supported by armed police, the anti-piracy raid was coordinated by the directors of the commission, including the director of operations, Mr. Obi Ezeilo; Director of Finance and Accounts, Mr. Mark Obasi; Director, Administration, Dr. Idowu Ogunkuade and Director, Regulatory, Mr. Augustine Amodu.

Nancy I. Romero