Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC, Mr Afam Ezekude, has said that the Commission had confiscated pirated products worth N8.1 billion in the last six years.
Ezekude made this known at a luncheon organized by NCC for newsmen on the activities of the commission yesterday in Abuja.
According to him, “in keeping with our zero tolerance policy towards piracy and other copyright infringement, since January 2011 to date, the commission has seized pirated products valued at over N8.1 billion naira.”
“This represents the value of money that would have been lost to the nefarious activities of pirates to the detriment of our hard-working copyright owners,” Ezekude said.
The director-general stated that the products, which included software, books, CDs, DVDs and other pirated materials, were seized during the commission’s anti-piracy raids across the country.
He revealed that since 2011 to date, the commission has carried out 270 anti-piracy operations at various locations in the country, resulting in the seizure of 7,942,683 units of pirated products.
Ezekude noted that 608 suspects were apprehended and the commission had also secured the conviction of 54 copyrights pirates at different Federal High Courts in the country.
“Apart from the convictions, the commission has in the period mentioned intercepted 25 containers of pirated Nigerian and foreign works.
“We also carried out public destruction of pirated copyright works estimated at N10 billion.
“The products were confiscated in the course of our enforcement campaign across the nation, especially in Lagos, Kaduna and Enugu states,” he explained.
The D-G added that the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an arm of the UN recently decided to locate its Africa Regional Office in Nigeria.
“This is a validation of the commission’s effort in the fight against global piracy.”
He explained that the choice of Nigeria emanated from an intense bid by many major African countries, with Algeria being the only other country granted the privilege.

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