The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has been asked to intensify anti-piracy efforts in protection of intellectual property rights of Nigerian entertainment practitioners. While granting an interview with the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN), veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, said that the agency needed to be proactive in the discharge of its duty. He also sought a review of some of its piracy laws and policies.
“The commission should make the laws stiffer for copyright offenders. They should also set up anti-piracy squad within the commission to assist it in discharging its duties effectively,’’ the actor said.
He concluded that the industry practitioners had in the past made numerous appeals for support but little was done by the commission, and that adequate funding and staffing were requisite to the anti-piracy war.
In the same vein, Moji Olaiya added that piracy was a major obstacle to the growth of the industry and that stiffer punishment should be meted out to offenders to stop the menace.
Reacting to this, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NCC, Mr. Chris Nkwocha, assured the actors of the commission’s commitment and support to tackling the situation, adding that its mandate of enforcement and prosecution of copyright offences was on track.
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