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COSON seeks government support against piracy

16 April 2014, 10:53

 Lagos - The Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON),Tony Okoroji, has called on the Federal Government to muster the political will in the fight against piracy.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mayree Uket, COSON Executive New Media, in Abuja on Tuesday.

The statement stated that Okoroji spoke at a stakeholders’ forum on the Entertainment Industry, organised by the Nigerian Export Promotions Council (NEPC) in Lagos.

"We must confront the frightening unemployment in our country and provide a better tomorrow for our children.This we must do by flexing our diplomatic muscles and take on the big abuse of intellectual property trade in the ECOWAS nations and across Africa,” it quoted Okoroji as saying.

According to the statement, the demand for Nigerian music and movies in every country in Africa is huge and worth billions of naira.

"That demand is being met not with legitimate products but pirated products mostly in the East of Africa,’’ the statement said.

Okoroji stated that Nigerians in the creative industry were losing huge amount of money to pirates across the continent.

"If we are serious about dealing with the massive unemployment in our country, the Nigerian nation cannot afford these losses anymore and must act with its might at the highest level.’’

The COSON chairman noted that the entertainment industry was one area where Nigeria had significant comparative advantage

The statement also quoted,  Olusegun Awolowo, Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, as describing the industry as strategic to the nation’s economy.

Awolowo said entertainment had been listed for promotion under the services’ sector medium term implementation plan.

According to him, relevant government agencies in the entertainment sector have been assembled to ensure that a holistic approach is adopted at finding solution to the challenges in the industry.

He said that the industry had the capacity to generate substantial foreign exchange for the economy if well managed.


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