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Multichoice battles TV piracy

14 August 2014, 12:50Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos -  MultiChoice the pay television firm, warned individuals and entities to acquire commercial licenses to enable them broadcast digital satellite television (DStv) content without litigation.

According to Caroline Oghuma, PR Manager, DStv, MultiChoice had given commercial pirates the opportunity to convert to legal commercial broadcast in 2013.

“We want these subscribers to stay on the right side of the law, and those who are yet to convert are infringing on the copyright laws of Nigeria and will face appropriate penalties,” she declared.

Oghuma, who explained that MultiChoice is working in association with the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) to stem the rising trend in commercial piracy, stated that early this year, officials of the NCC Lagos Zonal Office issued a 14 day deadline for hotels to obtain the appropriate commercial licenses for the broadcast of DStv channels in their hotels.

 “We are happy that some hotel owners have complied by legalizing their subscriptions.  However, we urge those who have not complied to do so,” she reiterated.

She said the commission last year launched an Amnesty Campaign to create awareness on broadcast piracy.

Oghuma highlighted that the campaign will move to the second phase, which will involve the copyright audit of outlets using DStv in public and sanctioning of infringing users.

She further noted that MultiChoice Nigeria, in conjunction with the NCC, were currently battling four types of piracy, namely, Cable Piracy, Re-broadcasting Piracy, Commercial Piracy and Circumvention Piracy.

- CAJ News

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