Lagos - The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has called on the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari to eliminate rampant piracy in the creative industry.
COSON general Manager, Chinedu Chukwuji, said the setback was threatening to cripple the sector.
“As countries continue to work towards the total eradication of piracy within their creative industries, it is our call to the incoming Nigerian government to adequately empower the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to tackle this menace,” said Chukwuji.
“We also call on our legislators to help strengthen our laws to deal with the digital challenge. The private sector is not left out in this cause as a close collaboration with the NCC will go a long way in cleaning up the system.”
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He said it was important that the Federal Government implemented the Private Copy Levy Scheme, so as to compensate for the losses the creative industries continued to incur from intellectual property theft.
“It is our request on this day, that the appropriate Federal agencies and establishments responsible for the implementation of this scheme rise to the call and ensure that this important scheme which should be a major source of revenue is implemented in Nigeria to make up for the huge financial loss brought about by the digital era.”
The entertainment industry is said to be losing billions through pirated material and illegal downloads.
- CAJ News