Lagos - A veteran actor, Ken Odurukwe, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to sanitise the Motion Picture Industry (MPI) by prosecuting pirates operating in the state.
Odurukwe, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, urged government to also promulgate a law to check piracy in the industry.
The actor said that the measure would go a long way in protecting intellectual property in the industry.
"When film pirates are jailed three years with hard labour, things would change" he said.
According to him, the Motion Picture Industry is not beneficial to us because of piracy, as some people are stealing our intellectual property and the music sector is not left out.
He said that government should boost activities in the movie industry to generate more employment.
The actor urged government to discuss with industry stakeholders how intellectual property could be protected.
He called on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to make the movie industry more viable.
The actor said that it was not good for some people to spend money to produce films and allow other people to hijack the benefits.