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Lagos pledges solidarity with artists against piracy

21 April 2015, 08:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has pledged to support the war against piracy in the country.

The governor gave the support when he received members of the entertainment industry who were on a protest march against piracy.

Fashola urged them not to give up on the fight.

He proposed the adoption of a multi-pronged approach to tackle the menace.

Fashola hailed the decision of the operators of the entertainment industry to protest because it is an industry that did not get government support to start as it was a self-driven industry.

“Everybody must join the struggle and promised to support the worthy efforts of the operatives in the creative industry. It is not just filmmakers, book writers must also join you because there are books too that are on the streets that should not be on the streets. The musicians must join as it involves everybody that lives on his intellectual gift,” Fashola said.

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The governor suggested the use modern technology to overcome a problem

“We have been working as a government trying to see how we can help you create either application or software that makes duplication difficult if not impossible and there are some things that have come that we are still working about,” he said.

Renowned filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, said the practitioners in the arts and entertainment industry decided to embark on the peaceful protest march because of numerous problems within the film industry.

“The time has come for Nigeria to also strengthen punishment for piracy,” he said.

Nigeria’s entertainment industry is said to be among the biggest in the continent but piracy is stalling its growth.

- CAJ News


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