The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has said that it seized pirated works nationwide valued at about N7.9 billion over the last four years.
NCC Director-General, Mr Afam Ezekude, who announced this at the opening of a copyright workshop on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights, said that the seizures were nationwide and where piracy activities were more prevalent.
The Street Journal reports that the workshop was organized by NCC in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the Norwegian Copyright Association (NORCODE) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO).
Ezekude explained that the commission carried out 210 strategic anti-piracy operations in endemic locations across the country within the period, culminating in the arrest of 459 suspected pirates and seizures of over seven million quantities of pirated copyright materials.
The NCC boss listed some of the seized pirated works as CDs, VCDs, DVDs, literary and inspirational books, the Holy Bible and dictionaries.
He said early this year the commission arrested 16 suspected pirates during anti-piracy raids across the country and confiscated three shipping containers of pirated books, CDs, VCDs and DVDs at Apapa Wharf in Lagos.
Ezekude said that the arrest of the pirated works was done in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Police and other relevance stakeholders in the industry, adding that the commission also secured an unprecedented 53 convictions in courts against copyright pirates.
Chukwuji said that it would also protect intellectual properties, promising that the organisation would give adequate support to NCC to eradicate piracy in the country.