Operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently carried out antipiracy raids on suspected pirates of optical discs with the arrest of five (5) suspects in Garrison and Igwuruta areas in Portharcourt on July 7, 2017.
Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu who disclosed this in a report at the Commission’s headquarter in Abuja said One thousand and four (1004) DVD disc plates and a Laptop all valued at two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250,000) were seized from the suspects.
Mr. Amodu noted that the suspected pirates specialize in pirating Nigerian DVD films and duplicating multiple films on a single DVD. He gave the names of the arrested suspects as Iyenemi Obene Briggs, Tony Charles, Ezechibuike Waveman, Ezekiel Victor and Paul Eze respectively.
The enforcement raid which was carried out after strategic planning and surveillance was executed with a team of Copyright Inspectors in collaboration with some officials of Music Owner’s Right Association of Nigeria (MORAN) backed up with Armed Policemen.
Meanwhile the arrested suspects were granted administrative bail while investigation continues.
The Director stressed that the Commission remains undeterred in the fight against piracy and assured right owners of its commitment to proactive enforcement and prosecution as it carries out its mandate of protecting copyright works in Nigeria.