The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Ibadan Zonal Office on Tuesday in Ibadan arrested ten suspected pirates and confiscated several bags of pirated works.
Seven of the suspects were arrested for illegally downloading copyrighted works, while the other three were arrested for selling pirated books.
According to Mrs. Bisi Ogundiran,the Southwest Zonal Manager of the NCC, “the suspects had benefited illegally from the creative works of others, which were protected by law.”
She added that piracy is a menace to the nation’s economy, saying many people have made fortunes from feeding fat on the illegal reproduction of others intellectual properties and that sadly, the legitimate owners of those intellectual properties are usually unable to get any financial reward for their hard work and creativity.
Ogundiran concluded that the move to arrest the pirates and confiscate their illegal work was necessary because the commission had visited the area and the pirates operating within it several times in the past to sensitize them on the implication of exploiting the intellectual or creative properties of other people, but that all the efforts to get the pirates to stop their criminal work have proved abortive. In her words: “They reproduce other people’s creative work and sell at cheap prices, depriving the owners of the benefit from their creativity.”