Piracy: “Nigeria loses $3bn yearly”

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Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission, John Asein

The Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, John Asein, says the country loses $3bn to piracy yearly.

Asein, warned schools to stop patronising pirated books, while he lamented that piracy had wrecked many great men in the creative industry with some of them begging for survival.

He said “The effect of piracy is immeasurable, it goes beyond monetary loss. If you see the number of well known practitioners in the Nollywood lamenting and probably seeking medical help, it tells you the magnitude of problems at hand. There is a human angle to it other than money.”

“We have to be more creative in all we do. What we have begun to do now is to partner stakeholders. There is a lot we can do if we work together. “

Asein who spoke with newsmen during the maiden meeting of the commission’s Governing Board meeting, said the fight against piracy will be extended to schools.

He noted that proprietors and heads of such schools that patronise pirated books will be sanctioned.

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