As part of the on-going inter-agency synergy, officers of the Nigeria Customs Service NCS have handed over 60 cartons of pirated musical audio and video optical discs worth Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600, 000) to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).
The pirated musical CDs and VCDs belonging to several local and foreign artistes were part of items intercepted by the NCS, in a truck loaded with electrical and electronic equipments as well as 142 cartons of optical discs during a routine stop and search on the Sagamu interchange area of Ogun State.
Zonal Manager, Ibadan Office of the Commission, Mrs. O. A. Ogundiran who disclosed this noted that the Comptroller, Ogun Area command, Mr. S. Madugu specifically directed that the truck be impounded pending the inspection and confirmation by the Officers of the Commission who were invited immediately.
She said upon inspection of the truck, it was discovered to contain among other items: 54 cartons of VCDs (51, 000 pieces in all) belonging to Transerve Disc Technology Limited; 24 cartons containing 24, 000 pieces of VCDs belonging to Quartz Digital Limited; 4 cartons containing 4, 000 pieces of VCDs, belonging to Super Audio and another 500 pieces of VCDs belonging to Super Audio Company totalling 820, 000 pieces of CDs and VCDs (82cartons) .
The Zonal Manager stated that the 82 cartons "were confirmed and certified to be original VCDs as they bore names and logos of their respective replicating plants, the discs have the mould and mirror fingerprints of IFPI, the commission's assigned NCC code as well as the title of work and name of the replicating plant."
She said in addition, Transerve Disc Technologies Limited, has issued a letter to the command confirming that the discs bearing Transerve were originals and produced by them.
Mrs. Ogundiran however disclosed that another 60 cartons containing 6, 000 pieces of assorted musical audio CDs and VCDs of various foreign and local right owners were confirmed to be pirated.
The pirated copies, she said, have been impounded and further investigation to ensure the prosecution of culprits have since commenced.
Mary A. Adegbile