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The Nigerian Copyright Commission raids Major Markets in Lagos State, Nigeria

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), in an effort to sanitize the Nigerian market of piracy activities, recently carried out anti-piracy raids in major markets in Lagos suspected to be piracy activity points and seized 50,000 copies of pirated works worth an estimated market value of two million Naira (N2,000,000).

The anti-piracy raids were carried out between 25 August and 30 September 2015 at the instance of complaints brought to the Commission by Yoruba Movie Marketers Association. Acting in terms of section 22 of the Nigerian Copyright Act (cap c28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004), Operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission were accompanied to the markets by a combination of Officers of the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Officers of the Lagos State Video Censors Board and Officers of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

The anti-piracy actions saw the operatives’ storm shops around railway stations and open markets by road sides where pirated CDs and DVDs were being hawked. In the course of the raids, operatives of the Commission largely confiscated pirated CDs and DVDs. A total of 35 suspects were arrested during the operations and are currently being held in detention facilities at Alausa, Lagos State.

It should be noted that any involvement in piracy related activities is a criminal as well as civil offence and both criminal and civil actions can be taken simultaneously in respect of the same copyright infringement.

For more information, please contact Chidimma Igilige.

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