Chairman Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Norbert Ajaegbu says the Nigerian Copyright Commission has succeeded in intercepting a consignment of pirated Nigerian films from China worth 300 million Naira in landing cost. He told Starconnectmedia that there are at least ten Nigerian films compressed into each of the DVDs in the consignment.
“Piracy may be thriving because there are lapses in our distribution systems. Basically, there are three ways to fight piracy worldwide, first one is enforcement which is the one we expect the Nigeria Police Force and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to do for us; the second one is technology that is using advance software to code the DVD to prevent it from infringement and the third one is competition which is the part we are supposed to play.
“The competition is there but not in full capacity, the issue of technology is totally absence due to the problem of funding, not that the technology is not there but the fund to access them is not there. Then on the side of enforcement, I must say that the present Director General, Mr. Afam Ezekhude is doing his best. There is no perfect system in government agencies in Nigeria but he is doing his best. I remember when we came in, it was a thesame time that he came in too. We had several meetings with him, and encouraged him and we talked about soldiers driving trucks of pirated items.
“He was able to convene a successful meeting between us and the commandants of the Army Barracks and they began checks – for several months we mounted road blocks, using army officials on the road leading to Alaba Market as early as 5 AM checking all the trucks to see if we will be able to catch one soldier assisting the traders to transport pirated items. Then he was able to negotiate with international customs, so that whoever is importing into Nigeria any form of pirated DVD, the international custom will inform the NCC before it gets to our port, the port of destination. I don’t know how far he has effected it with other countries where we have bilateral treaty. But once it comes into our port Nigeria, whether you like it or not he is able to get them. Last week he just confiscated a 40 feet fully loaded truck with pirated Nigerian films on DVD from china.
“It has a total bill of landing cost of N300 million, these are the way he works. So in Nigeria he has been able to take care of international importation of copyright infringing materials. So what we are thinking of is how to solve is the local piracy”, he said.