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Copyright commission urges stakeholders to protect intellectual rights

23 April 2014, 12:57

Abuja -  The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Tuesday urged stakeholders in the creative industry to monitor and protect their intellectual property against activities of pirates.

The Head of Public Affairs Department of the commission, Aderemi Adewusi, made the call in an interview.

 "The issue is this: We are dealing with an industry as vast as the creative industries in Nigeria and we may not always be aware of issues of infringement, because it is a large industry.It is a large sector and we are a small commission, and we also have other issues, like funding, and things like that.While not shifting the responsibility, we are saying that stakeholders have to be more proactive in protecting their own copyright as well, because the law permits them to do that too." he said.

Adewusi said that copyright infringement was a criminal and a civil violation of the rights of intellectual property owners.

According to him, NCC has the mandate to investigate and prosecute the criminal aspect of any copyright violation.

He said that the remedy was open to persons whose copyrights were impinged on to take appropriate steps to protect their property, as well as enforce the copyright laws.

He advised owners of intellectual property to report any infringement on their intellectual property to the commission.

He urged the commission and stakeholders to come up with modern methods of dealing with piracy in the industry.

He expressed optimism that with the proper mechanisms in place, the activities of pirates could be reduced significantly.


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