Copyright Board and Publishers Association seize 8 million pirated books in Ibadan

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), raided some major bookstores in metropolitan Ibadan on Wednesday and seized N8 million worth of pirated books.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the bookstores raided in Ibadan are B&B Bookshop, Forward Bookshop, Mosebolatan Bookshop and Alanu Bookshop.

Speaking to reporters after the exercise, NCC director of operations Mr. Obi Ezeilo said the raid, which would be continuous, was aimed at ridding Nigeria of pirated books.

Ezeilo said the raid on major Ibadan bookstores followed a series of intelligence over a period of time of outlets where pirated books were being sold.

“During the raid, we are able to make two arrests, invite them in and seize pirated books worth 8 million naira.

“The books suspected of being pirated have been seized and the investigation is ongoing,” Ezeilo said.

NPA Executive Secretary Mr. Emmanuel Abimbola said the association’s mission and vision is to promote and protect publishing in Nigeria.

Abimbola said the raid carried out was part of his efforts to protect the Nigeria edition.

“Most of the people who pirate are not ours and are not true publishers.

“They don’t invest in the publishing business, what they do is take the finished work of real publishers and go into the market to reproduce in commercial quantities and sell,” Abimbola said.

The executive secretary called on those who engage in such acts to stop before the arm of the law catches up with them.

(NAA)


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